Ratatouille (pronounced rat-tuh-too-ee) is an incredibly colorful and healthy dish!  Ratatouille is typically a stewed vegetable dish that’s packed with fresh product; anything from tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, squash, bell pepper, onions, etc.  You can include all of the vegetables listed above or just a few.  Personally, I like to use onion, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes.

The recipe can be found here.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 6×9 baking dish with olive oil spray and set aside.  You can also use an 8×8 baking dish if you don’t have a 6×9 baking dish.  The shape of the pan really doesn’t matter, just pay attention to cooking times because it will vary by a few minutes if you use a larger pan that listed in the recipe.

Slice the tomatoes, zucchini, squash, onion, and basil (and whatever additional vegetables you are using).  You want the sliced to be about 1/4-inch thick and approximately the same height.  This can be a little tricky depending on the size of the onion!  I cut mine into strips for 2 reasons; 1) the onions were twice the height of the other vegetables, and 2) I could control the thickness easier.  I also like to use roma tomatoes because they are roughly the same thickness as the zucchini and squash.  Set the sliced vegetables aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed tomatoes, oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, basil, Herbs de Provence, salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Pour the mixture onto the baking dish and smooth into an even layer.

Stack the vegetables (on their sides) in the baking dish on top of the tomato mixture.  Do this by alternating the vegetables (i.e. tomato, zucchini, squash, onion, repeat) and make multiple rows until the pan is full.

Bake for 60 minutes or until the tomato sauce is bubbling and the vegetables are tender.  Serve warm with fresh chopped basil on top.

This is a great dish to enjoy on its own but also makes a great side dish.  Perfect for meatless Monday or any day of the week!  This is also a vegan dish if you lead a vegan lifestyle.

The recipe can be found here.

Happy Cooking!

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