Hot weather is an ideal time to start trying more vegetable based dishes. We all want something lighter, that doesn’t weigh us down afterwards, so why not summer vegetables or beans? For us the menu will either be lathera (vegetables cooked in olive oil and tomato) or salads with some cheese (and wine).
While most of the lathera dishes have only vegetables, such as green beans, okra, zucchini, I like to add some beans to the mix for some extra protein, fiber and satiety. One of my favorite bean dish is the popular Gigantes, which is basically giant white beans cooked with tomato, they are delicious! For a different recipe I did a combo of briami (the Greek version of ratatouille) with white beans. We loved it! Not only are you getting in plenty of vegetables, but also the beans, all cooked until soft in olive oil and oregano.
For this particular version, I added red and orange peppers, along with cherry tomatoes and onion. And of course olive oil. This can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature and it is very filling .
You can also serve on bread, bruschetta style or even on canapés and depending on the season you can use different vegetables or beans.
Photo by Elena Paravantes