Winter Vegetable Stew (Kış Sebze Yemeği)

There are times when I crave very light vegetable dishes. This was one of those days when I had a few vegetables on hand and did not feel like cooking anything elaborative. I just wanted something light and easy. It is simple to make and very nutritious. In Turkey, many types of vegetables are mixed together to produce a nutritious and light meal. This is one of them.

½ head cauliflower (diced)
3 yellow medium zucchinis (diced)
2 small potatoes (diced)
3 carrots (diced)
3 medium tomatoes (peeled and diced)
½ cup frozen peas
1 large clove garlic (chopped finely)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp tomato paste
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 cup hot water
1 tsp salt

Heat olive oil. Sauté garlic for a minute and add potatoes, zucchinis, carrots and cauliflower. Sauté for 3-4 minutes and add tomatoes, peas, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Mix together and add the hot water. Cover and cook on medium heat until the water starts to boil. Turn the heat to low and cook for another 20 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm with rice or bulgur pilaf.

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