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For the past month or so, I’ve been visiting the farmer’s market once a week to stock up on my fruits and veggies. They’re a lot fresher than store bought and definitely last a lot longer. I’ve been trying new recipes and they’ve all come out pretty good so far. I even threw an eggplant on the grill the other day and it was delicious!
I had extra eggplants and quite a few veggies left even though the week was almost over, so I made cast iron ratatouille. No, I’m not talking about the famous cartoon. It’s a French dish that is loaded with all kinds of veggies.
I just had to make it because of all the buzz that was around it when the cartoon came out. Also, if I had veggies left at the end of the week, then I would have to skip my weekly trip to the farmer’s market and I didn’t want to do that. I needed to get some more veggies to try out more tasty recipes.
- 2 Large Zucchini
- 2 Large Yellow Squash
- 2 Large Eggplant
- 1 Large Yellow Onion
- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- ½ Cup Tomato Paste
- 1 Tbsp. Crushed Garlic
- 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
- ½ Tsp. Smoked Paprika
- ¼ Tsp. Black Pepper
- Optional: 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan
Preheat oven to 375°. Slice veggies between ¼ to ½ inch thick. Set aside. In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, brown onion slices in olive oil.
Mix in tomato paste and garlic. Layer veggies in an alternating pattern, in the dish.
Sprinkle veggies with garlic powder, smoked paprika, and pepper.
Cover lightly with parchment paper. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Allow to slightly cool before serving.
What are some of your favorites to pick up at your local market?