“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.” I am sure that most of you remember these wise words of one of my most favourite Disney characters – Remy, from the movie Ratatouille. Christmas time is slowly passing by and our bellies start calling for “menu revolution.” After too much of sugar, wheat and milk we consumed during Christmas feast, there is nothing better than vegetables to cleanse our body system, mainly liver and colon. This time, I inspired by the traditional French recipe, that made us all drooling in front of our TVs while watching little rat Remy cooking it, and I decided to share with you the recipe of this delicious and healthy meal.
What do we need?
2 celery (I couldn’t find them in the supermarket, but it tastes much better with them!)
2 chilli peppers
1 Tbsp of salt and olive oil
1 Tbsp of minced garlic
1 Yellow pepper
1 Red pepper
1 Green pepper
800 g peeled tomatoes
1 tsp of herbs de Provence
6 basil leaves
2 yellow squash (I couldn’t find them in the supermarket, but I advise you to use them)
2 zucchinis (If you have smaller pan, even 1 is enough)
6 roma tomatoes
Olive oil dressing:
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp of minced garlic
1 tsp of thyme leaves-chopped
How to prepare?
1. Let’s start with veggies
2. Char green, yellow and red pepper over the flame of your cooker, so they take on a wonderful, smoky flavour
3. Once they are roasted, put them into a bowl and cover them with a plastic wrap and let them steam for about 15-20 minutes
4. Meanwhile, chop carrots, celery and onions into small cubes
Don’t be misled by the picture and don’t forget to add celery!!
5. Slice zucchinis, yellow squash, eggplants and tomatoes into very thin circles
Put the eggplants slices on the wider plate, salt them and they will release some water. Pat them dry with a paper towel in some 15 minutes.
6. After 15-20 minutes, open up the peppers, take the skin and seeds out and chop them
7. Sauté carrots, celery, onion on olive oil and butter mixture, on high heat for 10 minutes, then add garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.
8. Stir in chopped tomatoes
9. Add herbs de Provence and cook for about 20 minutes
10. Mix the sauce with basil leaves into a veggie purée
11. Pour it back to the pan
12. Prepare an olive oil dressing: (2 Tbsp of Olive Oil, 1 tsp of minced garlic, 1 tsp of thyme leaves-chopped)
13. Now, it’s time for fun! Arrange the slices of zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes into a circle
14. Add salt, pepper and olive oil dressing on the top
15. Cover the pan with foil, put it into oven and cook it slowly for 3 hours on 140 Celsius degrees/ 280 F
16. After 3 hours, remove the foil and roast it for another 45 minutes on 180 Celsius degrees/ 350 F
(You don’t have to roast it immediately after baking, you can do it even the next day, but keep the 45 minutes time limit)
17. I decided to serve it with garlic spelt bread, which I gently roasted in olive oil on the pan
- This recipe is quite time consuming, so I advise you to wake up a bit earlier if you plan to prepare it for your Sunday lunch
- Slice the zucchinis, eggplants, squash and tomatoes into as tiny slices as possible
- The bigger the pan, the better
- When mixing the purée, try to leave some pieces of veggies in it (don’t mix it into a veggie liquid)
- You can add some cheese on the top if you wish
Doesn’t it look like a heaven on the plate? And it tastes even better! Prepare a healthy time for you family and friends (or just for yourself) and feed your tummy with vitamins, minerals and many wonderful colours. In the end, what else is more important than painting the plate of your life with lots of colours?
Bon appétit !
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Happy New Year
Thank You Eric 🙂 Give it a try 🙂
What a thorough recipe. thx so much. I will try it. 🙂
Thank You Joe 🙂 I’ll be glad to hear how it went 🙂 Good luck and Happy New Year 🙂
I’ll let you know… It was cute that you also included the movie in the blog.. Maybe my family will have a Ratatouille night.. 🙂
This looks incredible Andrea, do you think I could do it without the salt or butter to meet my dietary restrictions for no salt, no fat? If so, i may add a link on my recipe page to it.
thanks for Your kind comment. I think it’s perfectly fine to do it without butter. I also don’t use supermarket salt but Himalayan which is perfectly healthy!! Give it a try!!!
That’s awesome!!! It look just like the one in the movie…Gausteu would be proud!!!
Hahaaa….you made me smile 🙂 Thank You.
That looks delicious! Thanks for liking my post http://littlecabbageblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/pari-dukovic-burlesque/. I’m now following your blog.
thank you, I enjoyed reading it 🙂
Thank You 🙂 Try and Let me know how it went 🙂
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It looks exactly like the ratatouille served in the movie. Awesome!
Thank You 🙂 Try it and You will do it even better 🙂
Fancy! I consider ratatouille my ‘throw stuff in a pot’ recipe but this has made me want the pretty version next time.
Great 🙂 Play with it a little bit and the result will be amazing 🙂
You look like you are cooking for an army 😉 I am a great believer in eating well but not so much of the abstainer type more the in-moderation-type. I try to eat fresh, home made food but i love good bread and pasta so cutting out wheat has never worked for me. I also have a yogurt every day or so it is good for my insides. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.
thank you for your kind comment :)We are the best observers of our health and body and that makes us the best writers of our menus -you’re right, eat what you like unless it harms your health. I love wheat, but I was gaining so much weight from eat that I had to limit it to the highest possible amount…..sometimes our bodies don’t want to let us eat our favorite foods…how sad 😦
I am convinced there is no ‘balanced’ diet but i also believe there is some food that our bodies know are not good for us, for me that’s meat. A little i’m okay, a lot and i am in trouble 😦
a TOTALLY excellent post. What dedication
thanks for you kind comment!!!! Give it a try and let me know 🙂
Happy New Year,
Yum!!! I want to make this! What if I have an electric cooker though and can’t char the peppers on the coils? What do you suggest for this, Andrea?
I was thinking about the same thing when I was cooking it. You would probably have to omit that step…which is however shame because the steaming gives the peppers amazing taste 😦 Maybe it would be good to put them into oven for couple of minutes….but I am not sure 😦
Yes, that could work! If I broiled them for a few minutes I think it would give it a similar effect! I wish I had a gas stove sometimes! 🙂
Hi Andrea, I love your page very colorful and your Ratatouille looks divine.
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This looks amazing, I’d leave out the butter and the salt, although Andrea had a comment on the type of salt she uses when I asked her about it, scroll through the comments to read it.
Looks and sounds wonderfully delicious!
Thanks 🙂 Give it a try and let me know 🙂
I sure will, Happy New Year!
Scrumptious!! That recipe is a great New Year’s gift — thanks!!
thank you for your sweet comment 🙂 I hope you will try it and let me know.
Andy – This looks and sounds AMAZING. I can’t wait to try it. So many delicious, roasted vegetables! Best – Shanna
thank you 🙂 It’s much easier than it looks like, give it a try and let me know 🙂
Beautiful blog! Love the abundant, step-by-step photos. You’re making your readers very hungry, and that’s a great thing! All the best, and thank for stopping by my blog!
I am happy you like the recipe….and you will make me even happier if you give it a try 🙂
Oh my this looks even more delicious than the movie. Yum yum!
Thank You 🙂 It is!! Give it a try 🙂
Andrea, this looks beautiful. I’ll be trying it soon! Happy 2014!
Great!!! Let me know how it went 🙂
Have a Happy and Healthy Year Cindy 🙂
can’t wait to try this!
Good luck and let me know 🙂
Beautiful pictures! Looks yummy!
Thank You Karen, give it a try!!! And don’t forget to join the competition 🙂
Yum, thanks for the post. Ratatouille is my favourite and this is a supremo version.
Thank You very much 🙂 Give it a try….time consuming….but easy 🙂
Loved the movie, by the way. Will have to return to check out more of your recipes. I love to cook (and eat!) Many thanx for this recipe and for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful day.
Thank You for your kind comment. Yes, the movie was amazing….full of beautiful ideas. Give this recipe a try and let me know 🙂
What a great post. It looks yummy and the pics are amazing. I am going to try it this week. Thanks for sharing.
Yeeeey, thats the best thing to hear…that you are going to try this!!!
Let me know how it went
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Never seen a more artistic ratatouille! And that is one of my favorite films, too; when Anton Ego is catapulted back into the past, I always get a little teary.
you’re right!!! It’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie 🙂 So prepare the Ratatouille and be in Ego’s shoes at least for a moment 🙂
This is just great.
I just finished supper- and i am tempted to run to the grocer and buy all the goodies…Only challenge is my lack of gas burner- I am temporarily in an APT with electric stove.
This would be great meal before or after a race… loaded with goodies for endurance athlete.
thank you for your kind comment 🙂 You should definitely prepare your little Ratatouille heaven in your kitchen 🙂 I would put them into the oven for couple of minutes if you don’t have gas burner.
Let me know how it went 🙂
I’ve wanted to try ratatouille ever since I saw the movie! I will have to do so in the near future!
Absolutely!!!! Let me know how it went.
I love Ratatouille but never thought of making it. I will definitely try this thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂 Also thanks for visiting and following my blog 🙂 following you back.
Gonna make this tomorrow. Will let you know how it turns out.. 🙂
Well, we made it. It turned out great Think I will try some other of your recipes. thx… 🙂
Hello, Greetings from Venezuela. What an amazing post! I think you’re amazingly great, but I have a big question. I will try to do Ratatouille for a contest and you said: “You don’t have to roast it immediately after baking, you can do it even the next day, but keep the 45 minutes time limit” My question here is, after baking it for 3 hours WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO if I want to roast it the next day… put it back in the refrigerator or what? Thanks! 😉
I am so sorry for such a late reply!!! Yes totally, just store it in your fridge and bake it whenever you wish 🙂 (Those 45 min of course). Best of luck!