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A Ratatouille Kind of Evening…

Posted Sep 21 2011 7:29am

Hi there!  Happy Wednesday!  This week feels like it’s flying by!  I’m glad to see it that way!  I’m just sick of the rain once again  I think the only day that it’s not supposed to rain is on Sunday.  Boo!  I don’t know about anyone else but the fall television lately has been very disappointing!  I thought 90210 was awful last night and Glee was super disappointing!  I don’t know why it’s so bad lately.  I’m hoping things turn around tonight with the X-Factor and tomorrow when Grey’s Anatomy returns.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Anyway, I have been thinking about preparing the dish Ratatouille for the longest time.  I think ever since I watched the Disney movie with the same title.  We all know how obsessed with Disney I am.  :)   I think this movie is one of the cutest movies that Disney has created.  I like it so much because it relates to cooking.  Not to mention that Remy the Rat is a cute character along with Chef Linguine!

See, don’t you think Remy is a cute rat?!  Now, I used elements of a recipe that I have found and kind of created my own type of Ratatouille.

Ratatouille (adapted from Real Simple’s recipe )

*This is my version of the recipe

Ingredients:

Cooking Spray

1/2 an onion, thinly sliced

4 garlic cloves

1 small eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 small bay leaf

1 small zucchini, halved length-wise and cut into long slices

1 green bell pepper, cut into slices

1 can of tomato puree with italian seasonings

Salt

Pepper

Directions:

Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and add the onion, garlic, and bay leaf stirring occasionally until the onion has softened.

Add the eggplant and stir occasionally until the eggplant has softened, about 8 minutes.  Stir in the zucchini, bell pepper, and the can of tomatoes, and salt and pepper.  *Before you add the can of tomatoes, remove the bay leaf!*  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for 5 to 7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. 

I served the Ratatouille over a bed of Quinoa that I cooked in chicken broth.

Ingredients

Garlic, Onions and Bay Leaf Cooking

Veggies all cut up and ready to be cooked

Eggplant cooking

Rest of the vegetables and sauce added

Bed of Quinoa

Ratatouille Over Quinoa

Remy would be proud :)

I’m not exactly sure if this is the way that Ratatouille should be prepared.  However, it worked for me.  Next time, I think I would definitely use less tomatoes.  I used too much of the can of tomato puree.  I think it was a simple different version of Ratatouille.  It left leftovers for tonight.  I think I’m going to add some of the Apple Chicken Sausages to this dish for this evening. 

I’m glad that I was finally able to cook something that I have been waiting so long to try.  Little did I know that I would be inspired from a Disney movie.  My love for Disney never fails!

Do you like Disney movies?  What is your favorite Disney movie that doesn’t get a lot of attention?

Some of the Disney movies that I like that don’t get a lot of attention are: Ratatouille, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled,  Mulan, Oliver and Company, 101 Dalmations, and Lady and the Tramp.  Do you ever notice that Disney never really mentions Hercules?  I feel like that Disney movie is always forgotten about.

Speaking of Disney, I can’t help to always wonder what if would have been like to have gotten married there.  I only wish that it would have been able to come true.  One positive thing is that I heard people who were scheduled to get married at the Disney Wedding Pavilion, which is where we were going to get married have to be moved!  Apparently, they have decided to redesign parts of the Grand Floridian and the Wedding Pavilion. So they are making people choose a different venue.  Lots of people are upset about it.  That aspect kind of makes me happy that I am not stressed trying to pick a different venue.  I can’t help but wonder what if though.

Anyway, I’m going to get back to work now.  Have a great day!


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