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Ratatouille - Slow Cooker Recipe

Use all your garden veggies, or Farmer's Market finds, in this easy and FRESH dish!

I love using my Farmer's Market finds whenever I can.  My daughter was watching the movie, Ratatouille (the one with all the rats, lol) and that, along with my Farmer's Market finds is what inspired me to actually make Ratatouille!  I'm here to tell you, I can't believe I waited so long to make this scrumptious dish!

Some summer nights, you may not feel like a heavy, hearty meat dish.  This Ratatouille is PERFECT for nights like those. You'll walk away feeling satisfied, and good about yourself for making a very healthy choice!  All of these fresh ingredients together, equal total deliciousness!!!!

We served our Ratatouille with a side of buttered noodles, but it would be good just as is, or with a side of couscous or quinoua as well!  

You will need a 6-Quart or larger Slow Cooker for this. It cooks way down, but you will overflow at the start otherwise! ;)

Rataouille

Ingredients:
1 medium-large Eggplant, peeled, sliced into bite-sized pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 small or 1 medium Zucchini, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 orange pepper, chopped
1 large Heirloom tomato, chopped
3 small yellow tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. oregano
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped (I had this in my garden and it was seriously the secret ingredient!!!)

Directions:
Place your chopped eggplant in the bottom of your crock. Next, layer your onions on top, then zucchini, yellow peppers, orange peppers, red tomatoes and yellow tomatoes on the very top!  Now, add all of your seasonings, EXCEPT PARSLEY on top.  It will look so pretty and colorful!  Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours or on HIGH for 2-3 hours. 1/2 hr. before serving, add the fresh parsley and carefully stir.  Leave the lid off to help evaporate some of the liquid. 

Enjoy!!!

For the original post, with step-by-step pictures, please click here.  

For more great slow-cooker recipes, visit www.slowcookeradventures.com.

Happy Slow-Cooking!
Hope 

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Bob Frapples August 08, 2012 at 01:16 PM
More harsh words from Mr. Waldmeir, sad. Why comment at all?
David Erickson August 08, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Hope: Thank you for taking time to share your recipe. This sound very delightful.
Hope Comerford August 09, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Thank you, David. The picture did not attach for some reason, but I've emailed the editor, so it should be up soon!
April C. August 10, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hi Hope, I can't wait to try this dish. I finally got around to the stuffed pepper soup you posted earlier this season. Being vegetarian I subbed veggie ground "meat" and added a can a black beans. It was very yummy! I wont' have to made any substitutions with this one thought. Thanks for your recipes!
Hope Comerford August 10, 2012 at 02:00 AM
You are so welcome, April! Glad you enjoyed the stuffed pepper soup!

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