As an adult I'm finding myself a bit nostalgic for my childhood days. Maybe this is totally normal as one begins to age and have kids; sort of like seeing things come full circle. I hope someday that I am able to share many of these same memories with my own children. In my eyes, you cannot place a dollar amount on how important it is for kids to be outside, to experience nature, to understand the food system including where their food comes from, and to have a shared sense of responsibility. Growing up this way was truly priceless!
One of my favorite things about this ratatouille (besides it's amazingly fresh taste) is how unpretentious it is. There are a lot of recipes for ratatouille that seem quite complicated and involve the oven and placing the vegetables in a very particular order in the casserole dish, etc. This is not one of those recipes. It is one you will find yourself making on those busy nights when you have 30 minutes or less to get something healthy in front of your family. It is quick. It is easy to make (kitchen virgins, take note) and it is incredibly delicious.
As summer squash begins to make its debut in the market over the next few weeks I hope you find yourself as excited as I am to get this recipe on the dinner menu. Happy cooking!
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium eggplant, chopped into 1 inch cubes
1 large or 2 small zucchini, chopped into half moons
1 large or 2 small yellow squash, chopped into half moons
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 jar of organic spaghetti sauce or homemade sauce
Fresh basil, sliced into thin ribbons for garnish
Shredded Parmesan or vegan Parmesan (optional)
1) Add 2 Tbs olive oil and onion to frying pan. Saute for 5-8 minutes or until onions become soft and translucent.
2) Add in eggplant and continue to stir another 5-8 minutes or until eggplant begins to turn brown and soften.
3) Add in zucchini, squash, garlic and green bell pepper. Saute for 5 minutes until squash begins to just soften, appear brighter in color and garlic is fragrant.
4) Pour in sauce and stir to incorporate. Let simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce is warmed through. Season with salt, pepper, basil and Parmesan (optional).