Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Garden Ratatouille

When I went out to the garden I knew I should have brought a basket. When you look at this picture this is just a fraction of what I picked.This basket was full along with another basket the same size. What am I going to do with this veggie? There is no way I can eat them all in a couple of days. Then it came to mind that I could make the poor mans stew, ratatouille. This picture is the veggies that I used in my stew. The yellow squash and zucchini over powered the eggplant as I only had one and I had so much green pepper I added it to the stew. If the tomatoes were ripe I would have used them too put was forced to used canned. I even  had enough to freeze some for a later date. The aroma that filled the house when I was letting the veggies simmer to tenderness was so good when I would walk in from outside. My husband is a person who is a meat man and has a hard time eating something with out meat in it loved this. It is one of the only meatless meals I can feed him and he is completely satisfied. My favorite part was taking the crusty bread and dipping it in the juice and using it as a utensil to scoop up the veggies. I can't think of any other better way to use up a ton of veggies from the garden.

My Garden Ratatouille

3 garlic cloves chopped
1 large onion diced
2 green peppers chopped
2 medium yellow squash chopped
2 medium zucchini chopped
2 medium eggplant chopped
2 - 15oz cans diced tomato with juices
2 table spoons veggie oil
1 Tablespoon dried parcely
1 Tablespoon dried basil
2 Tablespoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
parmigiana cheese for topping 
crust bread for dipping

In a large pot or dutch oven heat oil. Add garlic and onion and saute till tender. Add chopped green pepper and saute for a couple more minutes. Add cans of diced tomato with juices. Add yellow squash and zucchini. Mix and cook till squash starts to be tender. Add eggplant, parsley, basil, oregano, and salt and pepper. Cook till all veggies are tender to liking. Top with cheese and chunk of crusty for dipping and scooping.  

1 comment:

  1. That's beautiful. When I see ratatouille I tend to think of the animated movie these days, but this looks so different than that that all I see is garden goodness.


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