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Rainy Day Ratatouille

Mediterranean Style Ratatouille for a Rainy Day.  Really any day, lunchtime or dinnertime. 
I am in love with this new recipe. 

What I love:
1. Easy to make.
2. Always have ALMOST all of the ingredients on hand.
3. It can work as a main dish or side dish.
4. Super versatile – don’t have one or two items, sub for another veggie or herb, its okay!
5. Can you say HEALTHY? Pretty much nothing but veggies, herbs, and olive oil.

Okay – so my kids are not in love with this….not yet.  I’ll keep making it and serving a little at a time and that’s all you can do. Exposure.  HINT: Have your kids watch the movie, Ratatouille, then they can help you make this – maybe they will try and like it!

Meat-lover Husband liked it too, with feta cheese on top!  I found him eating it for lunch the next several days too.

Ratatouille orginated in France as vegetable stew.  But, Ratatouille is so much more fun to say, right?

Ratatouille, Mediterranean Style

3/4-1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced (I use a garlic press)
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced (only have part of a pepper, don’t worry – just go with it.)
2 zucchini, diced
4-5 large carrots, sliced into disks
3 Roma tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes
1 tbsp dried basil leaves (or you can use fresh if you have it)
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil

To add on top:
green onion, chives, chopped
feta cheese crumbled

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pan or pot.  Add onions, garlic, and salt.  Cook for about 7 minutes.  Add these vegetables (peppers, zucchini, squash, and carrots) and cook for about 5 minutes or until slightly soft.  Add the basil, thyme, salt and pepper, and tomatoes, and cook for an additional  5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Eat by itself, or on top of brown rice.  Top with chives and/or feta cheese if you want.  The flavor of feta cheese goes along way, so you don’t need a lot.

Tell me what you think if you try this recipe. 

I am getting ready to go eat some of it right now for dinner.  Have a great night with the family in the Kitchen!

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