Everyone knows that French people eat a lot, but somehow they still manage to stay slim.
The answer is they eat healthy dishes with lots of vegetables and salads. This French Ratatouille is a perfect sample of fresh and healthy cuisine. Eat as much as you want!
Makes 4 servings
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 medium eggplant
1 medium zucchini
1 cup tomato juice
2 cups water
2 garlic cloves, minced
fresh or dried herbs: basil, oregano, thyme, parsley
fresh grounded black pepper
Chop the onion.Cut bell peppers in thumb sized slices.Peel and dice eggplant.Dice zucchini.Peel, seed and chop tomatoes.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring constantly until golden.
Add 1 cup water and the sliced bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, until liquid has evaporated, 5 minutes.
Add 1 cup water, the eggplant and zucchini; cook, stirring frequently, until liquid has evaporated, 7 minutes.
Add tomatoes, tomato juice, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme and black pepper. Cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally; add additional water if necessary.
Uncover, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until vegetables are tender but still retain their shape and liquid has evaporated, 10 minutes.
Divide evenly among 4 plates, garnish with parsley and serve.
The Ratatouille may be served hot, cold or at room temperature.