Featured Daniel Dinner: Roasted Veggie Ratatouillie (France) and Sauteed French Green Beans

13 Jan

Hello on this marvelous Sunday! I am just getting in from finishing up my weekend grocery shopping and need to get dinner on the table pretty fast tonight, so I thought I would do a little roasting. I found a fantastic recipe for ratatouille that requires roasting your veggies, of which I am a big fan of doing. Roasting brings out the deep flavors of vegetables and the little caramelization that happens as a result of them releasing their natural sugars brings an element of deliciousness that you can get no other way. Roasting is my #1 preferred method of cooking just about anything, and I love the fact that all I need are my half sheet pans, sea salt, and olive oil, and it is on. And as my husband is doing the Paleo diet, I will be fixing a side dish of roasted lamb chops with lemon parsley topping for him. Yes, he’s got it like that. 😉 Enjoy the recipe attached!

Roasted Veggie Ratatouillie

1 eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices
1 large zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices
1 summer squash, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices
3 beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram leaves
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the eggplant, zucchini, squash, and tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet or baking sheets, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt. Roast until the vegetables are soft and pliable, about 20 to 30 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. When cool enough to handle transfer them to a cutting board and cut them into 1/2-inch pieces.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat the bottom with olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion, crushed red pepper and season with salt, to taste. Saute until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the peppers and season again with salt, if needed. Cook until the peppers are soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Add the roasted vegetables to the pan along with the vinegar, marjoram, and thyme. Toss well to coat and
add 2 to 3 more tablespoons olive oil, if needed. Taste to check the seasoning and transfer to a serving platter or bowl. Voila!

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