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Oven – Baked Ratatouille

To be honest, until about a month ago, I had no idea what this dish consisted of but ever since that cute little mouse mastered the dish I couldn’t get it out of my head!

Mom has an amazing garden in her backyard and showered me with vegetables the last time I was visiting. Which was awesome considering I was in San Francisco for 2 weeks and came home to empty cabinets and banking account…

I am also excited about this recipe because it is made of 90% homegrown ingredients (minus bell pepper, onion, and garlic)!!!!

Found this oven-baked version in Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. I chose this method because, hey, convenience is key here. The toughest part is the chopping (as usual) but that’s it folks!

1 pound eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick and salted if time allows

1 large onion, sliced

1 medium zucchini, trimmed and cut into large chunks

1 red or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and sliced.

1 round tomatoes, cored and chopped

10 cloves of garlic, halved

Fresh herbs. I used fresh basil and oregano out of my very own patio garden. Mark says you can pretty much use any of the savory herbs.

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

In addition, if you have potatoes and/or mushrooms you can throw those in, as they are the most common added ingredient to ratatouille, but Mark says any vegetable will do great in this recipe!

Here is the beautiful array of vegetables pre-oven 🙂

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. If you salted the eggplant, squeeze out extra liquid, rinse and dry.

Film a casserole dish with a couple tablespoons of the olive oil, then layer the vegetables. I did onion, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper, and the garlic. But then it didn’t matter because you drizzle the remaining olive oil over it all and swish the veggies around a bit.

Bake for about 1 hour, pressing down on the vegetables occasionally with a spatula, until they are all completely tender. When they are tender remove.
Garnish with more herbs and drizzle a bit more olive oil, if you please. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

I boiled a few shrimp tonight and threw them in the mix. It was delicious!

Enjoy this easy, healthy recipe!


Summer Munchin’

Hey there… anyone still, um, there? Wow. It’s been a good long while since I was here. So I can’t blame you if you aren’t there any longer.

Now that school is out, I’m back from San Francisco (best place in the U.S. of A. if you weren’t already aware), left my Nerd/Stud there for an internship at Apple, and the summer is rolling I am ready to work this baby back into my life!

I am determined to lose and keep these last lingering, yo-yo’ing, 15 pounds off! So I’m back into health food mode, as I seem to attempt every summer. Usually works out but only until around October 31st……..

In addition, this summer, I am challenging myself to use only the growing stack of cookbooks I have around the apartment for recipes! I have become entirely too dependent on technology for good food! No more internet diving for what sounds good, surely that recipe is somewhere. in. one. of these. That is the intent anyway! There is no point in having fabulous cookbooks if one isn’t going to use them!

I look forward to sharing healthy recipes from my own collection with you this summer!

Stay tuned for Ratatouille tomorrow!!!