Vegetables are one of the best ways to reach fullness without adding a ton of calories to your day. Making veggies taste good is key if you want to keep eating them. I like to broil, roast, grill and saute our vegetables to add variety to our healthy eats. One unique way to prepare fresh (or frozen) vegetables quickly and easily is in a Ratatouille. You may know Ratatouille as the animated movie with the clever cooking mouse, but it’s actually a hearty vegetable dish that typically includes seasonal vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, and olive oil.
As we’ve said before, it’s best not to cook with oil. Add your fats to your meal after the cooking has been completed. So to make the Ratatouille, start with a large kettle on the stove and saute your large diced onions in 1/4 cup of low sodium chicken stock. Stir frequently on high for about 3-5 minutes. While the onions are in the pot, add garlic powder, Italian herbs (basil, parsley, oregano), salt and pepper to taste. Toss in your cherry tomatoes and allow to simmer on medium-low for 10-15 minutes. When the tomatoes begin to pop/burst, add in your large chunks of zucchini. Cook for another 5 minutes on medium and then serve.
The Ratatouille pairs nicely with ground turkey, grilled chicken, or grilled flank steak. It’s also delicious over your rice or pasta if you are allowed carbohydrates at that particular meal.
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