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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Ratatouille - no, not the movie!

LOL My kids & I just saw the movie Ratatouille last week and they were intrigued but the idea of the FOOD ratatouille.  But I KNOW that my oldest does not LIKE most vegetables - my daughter will, on occasion, depending on her mood, either love them or hate them.  BUT I LOVE THEM.  So I figured I'd make it and cash in on the popularity of the movie. 

I looked around the net for an interesting recipe - there's so many variations.  I wound up making my own because I wasn't paying attention LOL  It came out SCRUMPTIOUS and my kids RAVED over it.  My oldest, mr. only likes green beans, asked for 2nds... and 3rds!

ratatouille-yum

 

  • 1 medium sized eggplant, peeled and cut into approx. 1" chunks. (I didn't seed it either)
  • 2 medium sized zucchini (not peeled), sliced
  • 1 medium sized yellow squash (not peeled), sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, seeded and chopped (but left in good sized chunks)
  • 1 14 oz can tomatoes (with onions)
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, quartered and eighth'd? LOL
  • 1 tbls. olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, sliced

In a pot, I sauteed the onions and garlic.  Once the onions were transluscent, I added the green peppers - covered the pot and let them cook down some.  To that, I added the eggplant & tomatoes and then simmered  it, covered, for about 15 minutes - or perhaps 20.  Finally, I threw in the celery & squashes.  Again, I covered it and let it simmer while I cooked up a pound of angel hair spaghetti, which I served the ratatouille over.  Truly, this was a delicious meal!  It did need some salt, but we added that individually - and it was even better when we added parmesan cheese.  All in all, a BIG success in my house!

Enjoy!

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

That's great that your kids liked this! I just cannot bring myself to eat this. I like zucchini, I like yellow squash, I like tomatoes, but not all mixed together. And there is no way my husband or kids would eat this even if they were starving!

P.S. adding you to the MomCooks blogroll :)

crafty lady said...

My daughter does not like veggies either. I don't think she'd eat this, but I would sure love it!! Reminds me of something my dad used to make in the summer time when I was young.