Using eggplant in place of bread is colorful, tasty - and a great way to eat more veggies! Use chopped left-over meat in place of ground meat if you wish - ham is especially good. Or make a vegetarian version using 8 oz. sauteed mushrooms in place of meat. Improvise!
Borscht exists in many variations. This meatless version is enjoyable for its wonderful red color as much as for its complex earthy flavor. If made with Chiogga or golden beets, the color won't be as bright, but it will be just as tasty.
Traditional ratatouille requires browning vegetables separately to develop individual flavors, then combining them for further cooking. The method in this recipe is less work. Quantities and proportions can be varied to suit personal preferences and seasonal availability.