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Ratatouille – Not the Movie!

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Good morning Mintdom,

We were in France last week for our summer camp challenge (not really or you would know if before now).  One of our challenges was to go to a farmer’s market, buy the ingredients for Ratatouille.  Ratatouille is a traditional French Provencal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice. I guess there are debates over the original recipe, but everyone agrees the ingredients are tomato (key ingredient), garlic, onion, bell peppers, zucchinis, eggplant, and herbs (like thyme, and/or basil.


Farmer John’s Market on Route 15 near Lucketts, Virginia

The farmers are struggling a little this year because of the weather, but these vegetables were absolutely delicious!

Here is my own version of ratatouille.  I do not really love eggplant so I use yellow squash in place of it. This will feed 4 people as a side dish and 2 as a main dish.

“A good meal ought to begin with hunger.” –French Proverb


I spray the bottom of a non-stick skillet with olive oil

• Olive oil (spray)
• ½ large onion sliced
• 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
• 2 medium zucchini
• 2 medium yellow squash
• 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
• 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
• ½ teaspoon oregano (not exactly French)
• A dash of red pepper flakes
• (optional) ½ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese

Heat pan on medium-high heat and spray the bottom of Non-stick skillet with olive oil. Add onions, peppers, garlic, cook until soft.  Add zucchini, squash, tomatoes, and spices. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes. Cover and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes. 

This is optional, but I like to sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over it and let melt for a couple of minutes.  Then I serve it all with 1% cottage cheese and it is sort of like an easy version of vegetable lasagna. (shhh do not let the ratatouille police hear that). In any case, it is healthy and delicious, and my unexpected dinner guest seemed to enjoy it!

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