Ratatouille is hearty and filling, yet it’s made entirely of vegetables—eggplant, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and zucchini—making it both nutritious and low in calories! This delicious dish is also high in vitamin C and A, potassium, and fiber! Try it on pasta, with salad, as a side dish, or completely on it’s own!
Ingredients (4 servings):
3 cloves garlic minced
1 small onion chopped (approx ¾ cup)
¾ cup diced bell pepper
2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 small eggplant sliced
1 large zucchini sliced
3 Roma tomatoes sliced
½ teaspoon salt or more to taste
⅛ teaspoon black pepper or more to taste
Fresh basil leaves
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Cook onion, garlic, and bell pepper over medium heat, 4-5 minutes or until tender.
Add diced tomatoes and seasonings and simmer for 15 minutes or until thickened. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cut vegetables to 1/8″ thickness.
Pour half of the sauce into a 2 qt baking dish. Arrange sliced vegetables standing up on their sides over the sauce. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the vegetables and sprinkle with fresh basil leaves.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Sauce can be replaced with marinara sauce if desired.
Allow the sauce to simmer until thickened, the liquid from the vegetables will mix with the sauce and thin it out as it bakes.
For firmer vegetables, reduce baking time. For softer vegetables, increase bake time.
Anna Pippin, MSHNOwner of Holistic Nutrition Coach, LLC.
Anna lives in Lyme and is the owner of Holistic Nutrition Coach, LLC.. She received a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition from American College of Healthcare Sciences and she holds a Certificate of Plant-Based Nutrition from T. Colin Campbell Center of Nutrition Studies and eCornell. Anna is also a graduate of the Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Home Chef Cooking Course. Anna believes one can heal from eating whole, nutritious foods and it is her passion to help and support others on their own path to nutritional wellness. Visit her website at www.holisticnutritioncoach.org.
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