Nostalgic

Hey everyone!

Hope ya’ll are having a nice week so far πŸ™‚

It’s been a busy one around here (stillllllllllll….) but it’ll all be ovah once I’m on vacay next week yipppeeee!

But anywho πŸ˜‰

So upon opening our fridge drawers the other day…

… I knew that the abundance of fresh farmer’s market vegetables had to be put to use, and there was only one way that I wanted to do it! πŸ˜›

Ratatouille!

I still need to see this movie come to think of it πŸ˜‰

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 yellow zucchini, chopped
  • 1 8 ball squash, chopped
  • 2 japanese eggplant, chopped
  • 1 green pepper (unpic), chopped
  • 1 large can tomatoes, w/ basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • olive oil
  • S&P
  • fresh basil
  • dried oregano
  • 1 cup water

Growing up this was a dish my mom made often, and she made it sooooo well!

So along with being healthy & flavorful plus a “use up what you got” kinda meal, it’s definitely one of my favorite nostalgic dishes to prepare πŸ™‚

Start off by giving the onion, squash & zucchini a saute in 1 tblsp olive oil, seasoning w/ S&P, until just starting to get tender & browned a bit.

On a side note – how spectacular are these yellow zucchini?!??! I’ve never cooked with them before, love them!

Then add to a large pot w/ the tomatoes… and if you want to relieve some work-day stress than go ahead and squish those whole tomatoes with your hand right in the can, just sayin’ πŸ˜‰

Next round is a saute of the eggplant, green pepper & garlic.

Then add to the pot o’ veggie friends as well πŸ˜€

Add the water & some dried oregano, cover and let simmer for 45 minutes to an hour or until the veggies get super tender and everyone gets “happy happy” (guess whooooo?)

If you want to let it go longer, go for it because it definitely gets better with “age” — ya know what I’m sayin’!

Don’t forget the fresh basil (towards the end). Β Ahhhh herb garden, you are the light of my summer cooking life πŸ˜›

To serve, top with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese & a slice of wheat Italian bread.

Or if you’re feelin’ extra crazy, top with someΒ local Italian sausages from your favorite farmer’s market “pork guy” (yes, I have a favorite pork guy – weird, no? hahaha)

And voila!

Dinner is served.

Both of us just love this dinner – and it’s a pretty fabulous way for me to get Mr. Man to eat mucho servings of veggies too πŸ˜‰ Β The sausage really added an extra dimension as well, loved it.

Okay time for some dessert and relaxation, 3 more uber-busy days to go!

Have a great night all πŸ™‚

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8 responses to “Nostalgic

  1. cookeatburn

    Mmmm – love ratatouille!! πŸ™‚

  2. It would probably be a good way to get ME to eat veggies too! πŸ™‚

  3. Vaca coming up? How exciting! This is a fabulous meal. And you must see ratatouille- it is ADORABLE. A must for any foodie.

  4. lowandbhold

    I’m so jealous of all your veggie bounty, I have none! Dinner looks great!

  5. Looks yummy. Glad you are supporting the local markets!

  6. What a great way to get in your veggie servings! Delicious! Only three more days, vaca will be here before you know it! πŸ™‚

  7. oh wow, how cute these veggies look like!
    I bet it tasted delicious cooked too πŸ™‚

  8. Okay, I am adding Ratatouille to my cooking bucket list now. I’ve never had it! Why does it have to have the word ‘rat’ in it, though? 😦 It looks delicious!!

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