Summer Vegetable Ratatouille

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OMG you guys. How are roasted veggies, balsamic vinegar, cannes tomatoes and herbes de provence THIS DELICIOUS? You know I'm a huge fan of simple, whole food, minimal ingredient meals, but MAN is this one of the best. I loosely followed this recipe from Whole Foods, my own substitutions/improvisations are in bold below:

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons herbes de Provence 
  • 1/4 teaspoon chile pepper flakes
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 2 small zucchini or summer squash, cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss eggplant with 1 teaspoon of the salt, and set aside in a paper-towel-lined bowl while preparing the other vegetables.

Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, oil, garlic, herbes de Provence, chile flakes and pepper in a small bowl. Put the bell peppers, onions and zucchini into a large bowl and pour the oil mixture over them. Pat eggplant dry with another paper towel and toss with vegetables, coating everything thoroughly. Spread vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast, stirring once or twice, until golden and very soft, 30 to 35 minutes.

Put tomatoes into a large bowl and break them up using your hands or a spoon. Add roasted vegetables and vinegar and stir well. I added fresh basil at this point because our basil plant is going nuts and needed to be trimmed. And also because fresh basil is the ish and makes everything more awesome. 

They say: Cool to room temperature before serving, or cover and refrigerate overnight. We did no such thing, and instead at it hot with some chicken sausages. 

Bonus: It tastes even better the next day, hot or cold. We tried both!

Double Bonus: This dish is rich in flavor, and very filling. It is packed with a variety of nutrients, and you can pair it with your favorite protein for a satisfying, low-carb meal.