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RA---TAAAAAAA---TOUI
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Monday, August 02, 2010

Sounds like a war cry!?

It is the cry of the healthy veggies simmering together.

It is also the rallying cry of healthy people!

With my SP team, I have started a challenge to keep us busy during summer. We are zooming into Europe, taking the best that each country has to offered in terms of cuisine, fitness, well-being and more. This week, we are in Spain, last week was the French week. Although I mainly supervise the challenges I have created, I am also a floating member when one of the two buddies is on vacation.

This week I was with Lucinda, and we had to cook one recipe from my country.

Don’t be surprised if you see other Ratatouille cries--I mean blog about Ratatouille! It was not the National Week of this Provencal dish, but a healthy challenge… IMO, there should be at least a national day for this one (I was about to write ‘International Day’… but let’s start modestly! Lol)

So what is Ratatouille?

Ratatouille (pronounced /(rat-ə-TOO-ee); French: [ʁatatuj]) is a traditional French Provencal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice The full name of the dish is ratatouille niçoise. The word ratatouille comes from the Occitan dialect “ratatolha.”

"Touiller" is a French verb meaning 'stirring', here you are stirring the veggies together quite often.

It is one of my favorite dish, because it is tasty, it is versatile, full of veggies, you can make large batches and have leftovers, and even freeze it.

There are many debates over the original recipe. Yet everyone agrees that the ingredients are: tomato (key ingredient), garlic, onion, bell peppers (poivron), zucchinis (courgette), eggplant (aubergine), a mix of herbs (like thyme, and/or basil), olive oil to cook, pepper, and salt (optional. I don’t use any salt.)

Note: There are no carrots or any other veggies! The side dish can be rice or polenta or semolina. Never pasta, as I read it in a Spark recipe, it was criminal! lol

Don’t use cans of diced tomatoes or tomato pasta: the key ingredient is tomato, we don’t want to spoil the recipe here!

Fresh veggies vs frozen/canned ones do make the difference!

It is often eaten with chicken or rabbit. If you are vegetarian like I, you can add meat-like food stuff, or a side of semolina with chickpeas.

For 4 persons

Ingredients:

• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
• 1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced
• 1 eggplant, cubed
• 2 green bell peppers, coarsely chopped (I used what was available at my CSA: one green and one yellow)
• 4 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
• 3 to 4 small zucchinis, cut into 1/4-inch slices (I used my big zuke, see its photo in my previous blog)
• 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme

Preparation:

In a saucepan or pressure cooker, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, and thyme and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 6 to 7 minutes. Add eggplant; stir until coated with oil. Add peppers; stir to combine. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep vegetables from sticking. Add tomatoes, zucchinis, and herbs; mix well. Cover and cook over low heat about 15 minutes.

Here is my own ratatouille cooked with my zuke from my garden. I wish I had bell peppers, eggplants and tomatoes, but it is yet too soon. What you see next to it are vegetarian nuggets.



This is the leftovers. DH absolutely loved it. And he had more today with polenta.




Will you help to spread the healthy ratatouille?





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  • v ZOROBABEL
    i forgot about ratatouille .
    The polenta on the side looks delicious.
    1958 days ago
  • v VERITY50
    Wow! Thanks for the recipe...looks quick, easy and good...
    2038 days ago
  • v ZELLAZM
    I see I've missed a few happenings in your life. How is the leg now? Still in a cast?

    I have to laugh when I read your ratatouille challenge. I used to work in a bistro where it was one of the popular menu items. When my family would come to dine we always had to remind my dad that he doesn't LIKE ratatouille. He doesn't like peppers and he doesn't like eggplant. That leaves you with tomato sauce. The thing is, he likes the NAME of the dish - ratatouille...it does sort of roll off the tongue nicely.

    Hope you've been enjoying your challenges- When do you get to Germany?

    Blessings
    Michel
    le
    2176 days ago
  • v MISS_VIV
    Absolutely gorgeous and delish.............i am going to make some with my fresh tomatoes,eggplant and peppers. I hope it turns out as well.

    YUMMMMMMMMMMMO
    2179 days ago
  • v SHEENADEE
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    2185 days ago
  • v EMBBEAR
    I would love to but my bf won't eat anything listed in the ingredients, except for the garlic. Poo. It's also 80 degrees here so I don't know how it would go over in this heat. It looks delicious! I will have to try to make it some time soon, maybe after I hit the farmers market to get those fresh tomatoes!
    2186 days ago
  • v LOPEYP
    I love ratatouille. I will have to make some this week. Thanks for sharing!
    2186 days ago
  • v ROYALETBONE
    Ooh la la.
    2187 days ago
  • v 100LBLIGHTER
    That my friend looks fabulous....I don't know if I can get the egg plant....I have only prepared eggplant once..and it was somewhat bitter. Of course, I bought it in a Supermarket and who knows how fresh it was or if I picked a good one. I might have to read up on it before I purchase one again. I love this recipe. Can you give me any more info.
    2187 days ago
  • v DREENAMT
    Looks yummy - and it is almost an identical recipe to mine -- but I guess I should not be surprised since I got it from an Irish woman who got it from a Frenchman!

    I had not thought about polenta with it -- and I adore polenta -- I will try it that way. Also glad to hear it freezes well -- perhaps I will make a double batch next time!


    2187 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    Ah HAH! Perhaps one MORE recipe to try to add our summer squash and zucchini with which our garden is overflowing! :-)

    Don
    2187 days ago
  • v JAZZIEGIRL05
    I'm making it! Was just wondering what veggies I should cook up tonight. I also love polenta.

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    2188 days ago
  • v GETNFITMAMA
    YUM!! This looks fabulous!! What sp team are you referencing above? Sounds like a fun team!
    2188 days ago
  • v LAFEMMEDELALUNE
    Yum! I will have to try this recipe soon!
    I often question the authenticity of French recipes here in the US, but this time I know the recipe is authentic AND healthy!

    Thanks for sharing! :D
    2188 days ago
  • v BALLOUZOO
    enjoy!
    2188 days ago
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