I’ve been wanting to make Ratatouille for a very long time. Pretty much since the Pixar movie came into the theaters and knocked my socks off. I absolutely fell in love with that movie, and I’m sure it inspired Ratatouille recipes in home kitchens the world over.
I took my son to the California Museum in Oakland where Pixar had a lot of movie paraphernalia on display. They had their famous Zoetrope on display and originals sketches of everything from Toy Story to small little skits I’d never seen before. My favorite thing in the entire display (which was quite large), is a little painting at the end of a large wall in a black frame. I shows Remy standing there looking like all he can think about is his hungry tummy and a piece of cheese. It’s heartbreaking, but adorable at the same time. What I wouldn’t give to own that painting!
So to say I came home inspired (again) to make Ratatouille, is an understatement. I had been putting it off because I thought it was a difficult and time-consuming recipe. But the simple truth is, it’s a quick and easy meal to put together!
The recipe I’m about to share with you is a bit heavy on the tomato flavor. If that doesn’t appeal to you, simply add a bit of water (approximately 1/2 – 1 cup) to the sauce to make it runnier. But if you enjoy tomatoes, then this recipe will be perfect for you. It has an Italian flare to it, and goes well with just about anything!
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Clean Eating Ratatouille
(Makes 15 small servings)
- 1 tablespoon Italian season
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 3 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce (no sugar added)
- 16 ounces zucchini, sliced
- 16 ounces yellow squash, sliced
- 16 ounces tomato, sliced
- 16 ounces eggplant, sliced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Arrange the vegetables in a rotating order, layered in the baking dish (mine was 9 X 13).
- In a mixing bowl, mix the spices and tomato sauce with a whisk, and ladle over the vegetable.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the vegetable are easily pierced with a fork or knife.