Ratatouille Recipe

This fantastic ratatouille recipe is a wonderful vegetarian eggplant recipe.

The recipe originated in France and is still quite popular there.

Traditionally a mix of eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, onions and peppers, this ratatouille recipe has a touch of garlic and some delicious herbs to help the flavors meld together nicely.

This fantastic vegetarian recipe has so many uses.

It can be eaten as the main part of your vegetarian meal served over brown rice, quinoa or another grain.

It also works well as a side dish in either vegetarian or meat based meals.

How to Make Ratatouille


2 medium onions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons olive or cooking oil
1 large green, red or yellow pepper, chopped
1 small eggplant
2 zucchini, cut in 1/2 inch slices
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tomatoes, peeled
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
pepper to taste

In a large saucepan over medium low heat, sauté the onion slices in oil until clear. Add the chopped green peppers and sauté for about 2 minutes more. Remove the peppers and onions to a side dish.

Peel the eggplant and cut it into finger-length strips about 1/2 inch wide and 1/3 inch thick. Add a layer of eggplant pieces to the pan and sauté 1 layer at a time for about 1 minute on each side. Remove the eggplant to a side dish.

Sauté the zucchini in the same way. Stir in 1 clove of garlic, crushed, and sauté with the zucchinis. Cut the tomatoes in half, crosswise and squeeze gently to remove the seeds. Discard the seeds and chop the tomatoes coarsely.

Combine all the vegetables with the seasonings and remaining oil in the saucepan or a casserole. Cover and cook over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve hot or cold.

Serves 6.

This may not be traditional, but if you wish, you can try adding a bit of grated cheese when you serve this dish. Grated Parmesan works, as well as many finely grated French cheeses.

This recipe can easily be multiplied to serve as many as you like.

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Nutrition Analysis Per Serving:

Calories 67
Calories from Fat 9
Total Fat 1.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 632mg
Total Carbohydrates 14.4g
Dietary Fiber 5.4g
Sugars 6.8g
Protein 2.9g
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 76%
Calcium 4%
Iron 6%

Did You Know?...

This wonderful vegetable side dish can easily be completely cooked the day before you need it, then reheated to serve.

Our ratatouille recipe can also be served cold, as an accompaniment to hot or cold meats or mixed salads in a vegetarian meal.

It also makes a tasty appetizer, served hot or cold on small rounds of toasted bread or crackers, or scooped up with endive leaves.

This delicious vegetable recipe is not just versatile. With it's mix of vegetables, garlic and herbs, it is an extremely healthy recipe too.

It is a perfect recipe to include often in our journey to healthier eating

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