Light Spicy Courgette and Tomato Casserole

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
2 pounds courgette
Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red or green jalapeno, finely diced, seeded if desired
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/3 cup crumbled Cotija cheese
2 tablespoons roughly chopped coriander

Preheat the grill. Slice the courgettes on a sharp angle about 1/2-inch thick and place on a baking sheet lined with foil and nonstick cooking spray. Coat the courgettes with nonstick cooking spray and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Broil, flipping once, until just golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium pot set over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and jalapeno and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chilli powder, cumin and tomatoes. Continue to cook until the tomatoes are soft and the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, lightly mash with a fork and season with salt and pepper.

Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Place about 1/2 of the courgettes in the bottom of the dish and top with 1/2 of the tomato sauce. Repeat the layers and cover with foil. Bake until bubbly and hot, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cheese and continue to bake until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes, sprinkle with the cilantro.

Per serving: Calories: 120; Total Fat: 5 grams; Saturated Fat: 2.5 grams; Protein: 8 grams; Total carbohydrates: 13 grams; Sugar: 8 grams; Fiber: 3 grams; Cholesterol: 10 milligrams; Sodium: 350 milligrams

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