Yes, this meal was Disney inspired… Ratatouille was playing on TV a few weeks ago and my 6 year old asked me if WE could ever make Ratatouille.
Now to get off track a bit, I must mention that I recently signed up with a local farmers cooperative here in Chico called GRUB. Every Wednesday we go to the GRUB farm and for only $75 a month we get a weekly hook up of an amazing assortment of organically grown fresh vegetables. It’s a great experience for the kids. We get to visit the farm where the food is grown and meet the people who harvest and care for the land. The harvest right now is so bountiful that I am sharing my portion with a friend and splitting the cost, so for around $9 a week we are feeding a family of 5 with fresh organic vegetables. The moral of my story is, look for local resources and even on a tight budget it’s possible to find fabulous, paleo food!
So, this week we received everything from our GRUB share that is necessary for Ratatouille, and although this is a simple dish, my family gave it 5 stars! We served the Ratatouille over grass fed ground beef hamburgers. If time allowed that evening I would have made my meatballs to go with it, but the hamburgers worked just as well.
1 large zucchini
1 large red onion
4 garlic cloves
2 green bell peppers
2 Japanese eggplant
5-6 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
A pinch of cayenne pepper
6 stalks of fresh rosemary
Peel the garlic cloves and with the flat side of a chefs knife, press down hard on the garlic to crush the cloves. Cut all other vegetables into large chunks. In a large soup pot heat the olive oil over medium and add the onions and garlic. Saute until the onions and garlic start to soften and add the remaining vegetables except for the tomatoes. Cook the veggies with the onions and garlic stirring often for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, cayenne, and rosemary, mix well and bring to a boil. Let the Ratatouille simmer for 15 minutes or until the eggplant is soft and the tomatoes are reduced down to a soup like consistency. Serve immediately over the meat of your choice.