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Eggplant & Zucchini Ratatouille

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  • Veg
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  • 1 hr 15 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

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When reading ‘eggplant and zucchini ratatouille’ many of us probably think of the Pixar animated film ‘Ratatouille.’

An adorable rat teaches a clueless apprentice chef how to cook.

The cleverly chosen film title evokes pictures of the scenic French countryside where happy people dunk crusty bread into a chunky sauce, washed down with a hearty sip of wine.

This scene is the very essence of this French Provençal stewed vegetable dish.

Besides a flair of the French South, all the ingredients of this ratatouille are low in calories, but rich in fiber, vitamins, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese.

The herbs create not only the typical flavor of this dish, but also aid and promote digestion and wellbeing.

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How to make Eggplant & Zucchini Ratatouille

The traditional way to cook ratatouille is to fry the vegetables separately.  This way you don't overcrowd the pan which would steam the ingredients rather than fry them. 

  1. Fry the eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper separately in 1 tbsp oil each until slightly brown but not fully cooked.
  2. Set aside all roasted vegetables and sauté the onions in another tbsp of oil until they become translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and fry for another minute.
  4. Stir in both of the tomato ingredients.
  5. Return the eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper to the pan.
  6. Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Cover the pan and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the lid and cook for 15 minutes until the sauce is reduced and has thickened.
  9. At the same time add the herbes de Provence and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  10. Tear the basil leaves and spread them over the ratatouille.
  11. Serve with chunks of fresh bread (an alternative would be steamed rice). 

Ratatouille is an incredibly versatile dish. You can also include other seasonal vegetables like squash, pumpkin, carrot, turnip, and parsnip to prepare this dish. 

Enjoy the dish and happy cooking!

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