Vegetable to chop:
1 small eggplant - peeled and cut into cubes
5 or more fresh shiitake or crimini mushrooms, or 1 portabello mushroom - stemmed and diced into cubes
1 medium zucchini - cut into cubes
1 medium plum tomato - cut into cubes
1/2 medium red or yellow onion - finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic - crushed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon of Celtic (or Himalayan) sea salt
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes - soaked in purified water for 20 minutes, then drained
2-3 medium tomatoes - cut in chunks
1-2 dates - pits removed
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, or Italian parsley, or both
1-1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Combine all the chopped vegetables and crushed garlic in a glass container with a lid.
For the marinade, whisk all of the ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the vegetables. Cover and leave to marinate at room temperature for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
Make the sauce right before serving. Put both the fresh and sun-dried tomatoes into the food processor, whirl until finely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients, then puree. Discard the garlic cloves from the marinated vegetables. To serve, mix the sauce into the chopped and marinated vegetables.