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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Healthy Grilled Veggie Ratatouille

Ok, so everyone knows the movie but not many (including myself) have ever had or made Ratatouille!
I happened to watch the Pixar film recently and added it to my list of recipes to try. I searched the internet and got a general consensus of what a typical recipe is made up of but seeing as eggplant is one of the main ingredients and I'm not a fan of eggplant because I find it too mushy, I had to substitute it with some of my fave veggies.

Basically, Ratatouille is a brothy vegetable casserole. It was considered peasant food so the ingredients are extremely simple but all the flavors come together like a savory explosion! And best of all, its super easy to make.


- 4 large tomatoes peeled and chopped (just drop them in boiling water for a minute and the skin will come of easily)
- 2 large zucchini sliced 1/4" thick
- 2 cups mushroom sliced
- 2 red, yellow or orange bell peppers sliced
- 1 red onion sliced
- about 10 cherry tomatoes whole
-5 stalks of asparagus chopped into 1" pieces
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh thyme chopped
-salt and pepper to taste
-olive oil for grilling

Preheat oven to 190c or 375f. Grease a large glass baking dish and set aside. Heat some olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic. Sauté till light brown, remove from skillet and set aside. Now add half the zucchini and saute on high till lightly brown but not fully cooked. Remove from skillet and layer zucchini into bottom of the baking dish. Take half the chopped tomato and sprinkle evenly over the zucchini. Then sprinkle half the garlic, basil and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

Now saute the mushrooms lightly and add to the dish in a layer. Then saute the bell pepper lightly and add to the dish in a layer. Then saute the red onion lightly and add to the dish in a layer. All veg should be lightly browned but not fully cooked! Now layer the rest of the garlic, basil and thyme and season with salt and pepper again. Saute the rest of the zucchini and layer it on top. Arrange the asparagus and cherry tomatoes over the zucchini layer and put dish into the oven for about 20 minutes. You should see a nice char on the top veggies. Serve in bowls as it will be a bit soupy and add grated mozzarella if you like. Enjoy!

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