roasted vegetable tian

Are you that person who rides their bike to the farmer's market on the weekend, grabs what looks freshly grown and delicious, pedals home with hair blowing behind you and your bike basket full of produce to make an amazing dinner? Yeah, me neither but I'd like to be that girl. Well dream no more, this can actually happen and you don't even need a bike or a recipe because we have them both. Boom! 🚲  🍅  🙌 Torque Cycling with Matthew

Sign-up to cycle at Torque on Saturday (or Sunday) and get your workout in. √ Stop by the Farmer's Market in Minneapolis here, here, or here. √ Go home with vegetables and make this recipe below. √ Sail into your weekend with meals prepped or the healthiest side dish in your 4th of July buffet. √

roasted summer vegetable tian

I called out for your favorite summer vegetable recipes this past month and Gail sent me this recipe for vegetable tian, which reminded me of the tian recipe I've made of Ina Garten's, which lead me to this post!

One of the ways I find healthy recipes is by taking an old favorite and finding ways to make them healthier/cleaner for my day-to-day food. Let me show you what I do.

Ina's Vegetable Tian calls for:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 pound medium round potatoes
  • 3/4 pound zucchini
  • 1 1/4 pounds medium tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus extra sprigs
  • 2 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated

Here are the facts per serving:

nutritional information for Ina's Tian

Overall this dish isn't a deal-breaker when it comes to eating healthy, but you'll notice the sodium is a little high and sugars are creeping up for a dish mostly made with whole foods.

Here's the ingredients from Budget Byte$ that Gail sent over:

  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium yellow squash
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Here are the facts per serving:

Budget Bytes Tian

This 2nd version has less sodium and sugar, by quite a bit. Still I wondered about eliminating cheese altogether or using a goat cheese instead since it's easier to digest than cow's milk and has less fat and sodium.

Here's how these cheeses line up from Italian cheese to Gruyere cheese to Goat Cheese, left to right, for what 1 serving in each recipe would equal:

Italian Cheese vs. Gruyere vs. Goat Cheese

Quite a difference, right?

With this in mind, I made my tian with these ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 baking potato
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (totally optional but included in nutrition facts below!)

Nutritional Information for Vegetable Tian

Again less sugar than the first and a lot less sodium than both. While there is also less protein, I like to get my protein from lean meat, eggs, or nuts, rather than from cheese. For a quick lunch last week, I had this meal with shredded chicken breast meat I roasted for salads. If you are eating just tian, double your portion and add greens for a salad with nuts or #putaneggonit.

roasted summer vegetable tian

Thank you, Gail, for the recipe inspiration this week! While I had regular potatoes and sweet potatoes on hand this past week, I might try layering zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes for another option with even less carbs. It depends on what I find at the Farmer's Market this weekend! Wink wink.

What summer vegetables are you using and what recipes are you trying? Send me an email or comment on our Facebook page here. If you are meal prepping hashtag your pics with #sundaysetup and #teamburgooneats so we can find you.

~Heather