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Ratatouille

Ok I know I always say this but seriously guys this is the easiest meal ever! I find myself falling back on the really simple yet delicious recipes lately. It’s nice to have some easy yet healthy dishes to fall back on this time of year when we are busy with the Holydays and spending quality time with loved ones. I love ratatouille because it’s easy to switch out vegetables depending on personal preference or with whatever you have on hand that day. Traditionally this is a warm-weather dish but to me its the perfect warm, red sauce kinda meal on a cold night.

You will need the following:
1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce
1 large sweet onion
1 zucchini
1 eggplant
3/4 tomatoes (pick some nice vine-ripened red juicy ones)
1 tbs herbes de provence (simply organic brand)
Salt, pepper & red pepper flakes to taste
Splash of EVOO

Directions:
1.Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly spread some olive oil in a baking dish.
2.Pour the sauce in the pan and smooth around evenly. Leave a few spoonfuls for the end.
3.Cut up the vegetable into nice think discs. Arrange them in the dish alternating between vegetables. (i love this part, it’s like a big beautiful puzzle/artwork of veggies:))
4.Add the remaining sauce to the top. Brush or drizzle with some olive oil to encourage glorious browning. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
5.Bake for about 1 hour or until the sauce is bubbling and the vegetables are fork tender and browning.

If you have some extra time, make your own sauce with some crushed tomatoes, garlic, herbs, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Since the tomato selection is rough this time of year it would be nice to make it more seasonal with some root vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnip or carrots. The possibilities are endless!

Bon appétit,
Ash

The best part is snuggling with my own little “ratatouille” afterwards ❤

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