Meatless Monday: Bastille Day French Ratatouille Recipe

In honor of Bastille Day, I’m serving healthy and delicious French ratatouille.

July 14th commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 which overthrew the monarchy and inspired people around the world to fight for liberty and democracy.

Celebrate by turning up your Les Misérables soundtrack and preparing this easy vegetarian French recipe.

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Fresh ratatouille ingredients. Courtesy: @NatalieGFierro

Natalie’s French Ratatouille Recipe

Ingredientes

  • 1 Eggplant
  • 3-4 Zucchini
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 3 Bell Peppers
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 3-4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper

Intrucciones

  1. Chop eggplant, peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and dice onion and garlic.
  2. In a large pot, sautee onion and garlic for 10 minutes. Add peppers and cook until soft.
  3. Add eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover the pot and cook over medium heat for 45 minutes.
  5. Add basil and let cook an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Serve hot or cold over rice or couscous, or with bread. Season with fresh basil.
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Delicious ratatouille. Bon appétit! Courtesy: @NatalieGFierro

I first tasted this summer vegetable dish homemade by my French host-mother as an exchange student in Southern France. I fell in love with the medley of flavors–c’est si bon!–and was impressed at how easy it was to make. Time saved in the kitchen can be well spent talking with familia and friends, a central part of any meal in French culture.

Also try ratatouille variations like this one which bake vegetables in a tomato sauce, as depicted in Disney’s Ratatouille

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Disney’s Ratatouille. Courtesy: Disney.go.com

Summer is the perfect time to taste this authentic French receta. Main ingredients zucchini, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and basil are in-season and available fresh at your local farmers’ market or in your garden.

Ready for more French recipes? I also love savory crêpes, which I describe in Meatless Monday: Spinach and Mushroom Crêpes, and potatoes au gratin.

Eating veggies regularly can reduce your risk of chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity while helping you maintain a healthy weight. Practicing Meatless Mondays is one great way to feature more verdura on your plate. When you have sabroso vegetarian options like ratatouille, it’s easy to skip the meat any day.

Bon appétit and vive la révolution!

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The Wise Latina Club's Natalie Wagner FierroA teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.

Edited by: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.

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