Iâ€™ve always loved ratatouille, even before the animated movie came out which I also love ðŸ˜‰ Ratatouille is a simple, French vegetable dish that traditionally contains zucchini, tomato, onion and eggplant and can be made many different ways. You can make it as a thick and chunky stew for cold nights or when you need comfort food, or in a layered, fancy presentation that is super simple but super impressive at the same time. I prefer the stew quality, so thatâ€™s what I always make. The idea was to use the freshest of summer ingredients, which were always on hand to farmers and peasants in the french countryside, for an affordable and filling dish.
For my ratatouille, I decided to give it a little more depth of flavor by including sun dried tomatoes along with the fresh tomatoes, and I added to the good-for-you part by throwing in a can of chickpeas. Chickpeas, if you didnâ€™t know, are loaded with fiber and they are a good source of protein.
Everything cooks together with some vegetable broth and gets silky in texture while still holding its shape. This was even better the next day, so you could make it ahead for lunches or the day before for dinner when you know the following evening is going to be hectic. Serve it with some good, crusty bread and goat cheese or even some fresh ricotta.
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