I’ve fallen way off the healthy eating wagon over the past several months. Junk food tastes good. Gaining weight sucks. Trying to lose weight sucks. It takes a crazy amount of willpower to resist gummy dinosaurs, Twizzlers, peach rings, and Pringles while writing. 😜 But this Old World French country vegetable dish known as ratatouille is delicious and full of wholesome nutrients and vitamins. And the leftovers make a great snack!
Ever since I saw the movie Ratatouille about 15 years ago, I’ve wanted to taste the French provincial dish. Its rustic appeal spoke to me. I just never got around to making it. In need of healthier sides for all the delicious smoked meats Zac has been bringing to the table every Sunday, I knew now was the time to give it a try.
I’m assuming this dish is healthier than The Best Potato Casserole or Crock Pot Mac & Cheese, but without putting the measured ingredients in a nutrition calculator, I’ll never know. Surely fresh tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and squash have to be better for you than mounds of cheese and high-carb pasta and potatoes.
After reading several recipes found on the net, I had a plan. I loosely followed a combination two or three and this is what I came up with. The dish was a huge success! I decided some changes were needed so the recipe is written with those in mind. Don’t beat yourself up trying to find an eggplant the size of your other veggies – until you’re trying to impress guests! 😉