Spring is finally here! And to celebrate, I decided to make one of my favorite veggie dishes: ratatouille.
It’s simple, packed with flavor and fresh herbs, and super easy to make. I like topping ours with some parmesan cheese and serving it with quinoa for some extra protein!
You can make it with any veggies you have on hand, but I personally love making it with peppers, fresh tomatoes and squashes. They pair so well with the fresh herbs: oregano, rosemary, thyme – it’s the perfect combination.
Even though this recipe is mostly veggies, it is actually very filling thanks to the cheese and quinoa. It’s packed with fiber and nutrients, and it’s also super kid friendly – Layla gobbled this up and ate it for dinner for 3 days straight!
The awesome thing about this recipe is that 1 serving has only 220 calories and 11g Protein – which means you could take two huge servings and still be under 500 calories for dinner (with over 20g protein!) It’s gluten free, and can be made vegan if you omit the cheese. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 bell peppers (red, yellow or orange), chopped
- 4 small zucchini, quartered & cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 1/2 large eggplant, cubed
- 4 large tomatoes, chopped
- 10 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 10 sprigs of thyme
- 2 sprigs fresh oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Fresh black pepper to taste
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper (or more if you like dishes with a bit of a kick!)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Quinoa: 1/4 cup cooked per serving
- Shredded Parmesan cheese: 3 tbsp per serving
Step 1: Chop all of your veggies. Meanwhile, heat 2 tsp olive oil over medium heat in a large pot or dutch oven.
Step 2: Cook the onion and garlic until soft, 5-6 minutes. Add eggplant, peppers and tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cover for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Add zucchini, simmer for 5-10 more minutes or until the veggies have cooked through. Add the herbs, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper, simmer 5 minutes more so the flavors can combine.
Step 4: Serve with quinoa and top with parmesan cheese.