I am back from the lovely resort… truly you must book a stay there if you want to experience luxurious bliss 🙂
Just wanted to share what I have been eating the past few days because it has been fabulous and very tasty. I rummaged through my kitchen and pantry knowing I wanted to cook up something fast. I found tomato paste, pine nuts, onions, garlic and extra zucchini and goat cheese from the crustless savory pie I made last week (see recipe section). I decided to make Ratatouille….all I needed to pick up at the store was an eggplant. This recipe I am going to share is fast, healthy and so so delicious.
“The least effort for the most pleasure is a french principle to live by…as long as it is healthy.”
Mireille Guiliano, author of
French Women Don’t Get Fat
My absolute favorite way to eat ratatouille is with a hunk of bread and some goat cheese. It is sort of a deconstructed pizza with very strong and rich flavors.
Of course I always have baguettes on hand…I actually talk the talk and walk the walk people! I make bread on weekends 🙂
You could also serve this as a thick sauce for pasta or as a side to any fish, chicken or meat dish. It is very versatile.
Speaking of fish dishes…the other small tidbit I wanted to share was the delicious halibut I prepared. Sweet and Sour Roasted Halibut…I found this recipe is a new wonderful cookbook called Jerusalem! I am obsessed!
This dish combines bell peppers, cilantro, coriander seeds, caramelized onions, apple cider vinegar, tomatoes, spices and the list almost stops there….so much flavor.
I have found that the frozen halibut from Whole Foods is pretty good quality when I am in a pinch but still want restaurant worthy meals. I will pull out a portion of fish the night before and let it defrost in the fridge. This is another topic I am really am thinking about a lot…do y’all plan your meals for the week? I have found I am much more organized and I actually look forward to what I am cooking and anticipate the meal when I have planned out what I will be making a day or two in advance! I try my best but also feel like being spontaneous some nights.
Anyways that is all for now…I hope everyone is off to a lovely start to their week! Recipe below…
2 tbsp olive oil
1 eggplant, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small can tomato paste
oregano (2 pinches)
1 3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup pine nuts
Start by heating your olive oil over medium heat and cooking onions and garlic. This should take 10-15 minutes (allow for caramelization). This seriously sets your ratatouille apart from the rest if you allow your onions to get a little brown. Season your onions with a little salt. Now add your eggplant and zucchini. Cook for 5-10 minutes. Then add your tomato paste, salt, pepper, and oregano. Cook for an additional 8 minutes.
Meanwhile toast your pine nuts in a pan over low heat for 5 minutes or until they smell nutty.
Plate your ratatouille and top with toasted pine-nuts and parsley if desired. Enjoy!