Vegetable Tart

My dietitian is very fond of simple food, something which I find extremely boring. I love creating recipes and I adore  color in my plate, so  I am trying to find a way to please us both. Every time I tell him that I will cook something my way, his face changes. The  look I see in him  is a mixture of horror and disappointment, but  immediately I balance the situation  by saying something  funny… :-).

I have to admit that if I followed exactly his instructions  I would have  lost much more weight than I did up to now, but at least I lost  weight my way as well :-).

What is my way? Well nowadays, the answer is: creating colorful but lower in calories dishes and desserts. Kitchen is my play  ground and I  think I will never grow up :-)!!!

The reason I created the following recipe was my need of creating something which would look like a tart or a pizza.

I cheated by adding cheese (not on my diet menu for this meal), but I truly believe that the amount I used was fine for a serving (20gr per serving).
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Vegetable Tart
Serves 6

Base Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup organic oats
1 tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp salt
1 cup of warm water

Filling Ingredients
3 medium zucchini
2 medium eggplants
6 medium mushrooms
2 medium tomatoes
120gr light cheddar cheese (shredded)
2 tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp sweet paprika
⅛ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp dried thyme
2 tbsp fresh cilantro (finely cut)

Base Preparation Method
1) Mix flour, oats and salt. Incorporate olive oil and finally add the water.
2) Form an elastic dough and roll it out into ½ cm thick.
3) Place the dough in a 26cm round tart pan and cook in a preheated oven, for 15 minutes at 200ºC.

Filling Preparation Method
1) Cut all vegetables in thin slices.
2) Mix olive oil with salt, pepper, paprika and coriander powder. Brush sliced zucchini, mushrooms and eggplants with this mixture and cook in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes at 200ºC.

When both base and filling are ready assemble tart. Use cheese in between each layer and make sure there is tomato in the middle and on top of the tart.

Sprinkle the dried thyme on top of the tart and cook for another 10 minutes at 200ºC.

Add fresh cilantro before you serve.

Comments

  1. It is indeed a colorful AND flavorful tart. I love the idea of whole wheat base. Yumm!

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    1. I never thought that a whole wheat base would be that tasty... But it was very good, take my word for it!

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  2. Looks delicious! Good luck on your weight loss!!

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  3. Looks delicious and healthy! Good luck with your weight loss!

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  4. Haha - that's funny! Glad you get your way though. Congrats on losing weight. :)

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    1. Hi Jennifer, thank you for your nice comments. I feel lucky because my dietitian has a lot of patience with me... :-)!!

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  5. The tart looks delicious but thank God I did not have any similar problems with my dietician.

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    1. Actually Ivy he really tries to make me feel happy with what I eat.

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  6. I'm a vegetarian and this is a wonderful tart for me
    I really like it!!

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    1. Give it a try Winnie. I am sure you will love it.

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  7. This looks good to me! I think it's always better to diet your own way. If you can't have the things you want in moderation, there's too much of a risk for a backlash. There's no way I could give up cheese...Great recipe!

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  8. The best part of this recipe is that it is a deep tart, which allows you to fill it with more healthy veggies. Healthy, but no doubt delicious. Well done!

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  9. I'm on a diet now as well, and this looks delicious, I'll be sure to try it!

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  10. Looks DELISH! A pleasant break from your usual amazing cakes! :D

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  11. Absolutely loved your chunky, healthy and delicious looking tart. Great post!

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  12. Healthy doesn't have to be boring, as you've proven here :) Looks wonderful!!

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  13. That looks awesome!!! I am in love with this veggie tart

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  14. Sometimes we just have to compromise a little and do something that's not too crazy! This sounds like a wonderful tart!

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  15. Wow! This looks amazing - something I would definitely make. And don't worry, a little cheese doesn't hurt anyone! :D

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  16. This looks lovely...and just a little cheese makes everything taste better :)

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  17. This is so fantastic. The whole wheat crust with oatmeal is great!

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  18. Yes to veggie tarts! I am all in, when is dinner? ;-)

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  19. Healthy and tasty! My kind of food.

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  20. Who knew healthy (or healthier) could look so scumptious!! Definitely going to test this one out - and cheese always makes everything better so I am glad you added it to the recipe :)

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  21. This is such a great idea, I love it! First off, it doesn't have meat, which is nice to not have once in a while and it's a tart. I mean it's perfect! Great recipe, have a wonderful weekend :)

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  22. Everything looks delicious! That is healthy, colorful and tasty....you can't go wrong!

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  23. This looks unbelievably good. I love that you used oats and whole wheat flour in the crust..and all the veggies! Oh wow...there is nothing like roasted veggies in a tart. Great job!

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  24. Μεγάλο μυστικό στην νοστιμιά της συνταγής αυτής είναι ότι η βάση που χρησιμοποιείς είναι ολικής άλεσης. Ταιριάζει απίστευτα με τη γέμιση λαχανικών που έχεις φτιάξει. Πεντανόστιμη! Πολύ καλή ιδέα!

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  25. Yum Yum, this looks delicious! I love how piled high with veggies the tart turns out. =)

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  26. I believe finding your own creative way to diet is the best form of a diet becuase the foods you eat can affect how your brain functions, and can alter both your mood and behavior. When you are hungry you may become short-tempered or impatient. Eating a satisfying, healthy meal can leave you feeling relaxed and content. When your brain is deprived of proper vitamins, minerals and other nutrients such as protein, your problem-solving abilities may decline. Alexis P. (psy 204 prof. neo)

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