An old French relish adapted for the microwave.


  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • salt to taste
  • generous pinch of pepper
  • 3–4 tablespoons tomato sauce, optional


In a 2-quart casserole, combine eggplant, onion, garlic, and oil. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir and return to microwave for 3 more minutes. Place a layer of green pepper strips on top, followed by a layer of zucchini and then a layer of tomatoes. Add salt and pepper,and tomato sauce, if desired. Stir. Cover and microwave on high for about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender. Let stand covered for 5 minutes.

Serves 4–6.