Ratatouille - RECIPE // naturally vegan!

Ratatouille. I saw the film when it first came out and I remembered how hungry it made me. Then, I saw it in theaters for a special screening again a few months ago and it made me appreciate food in it's purest sense: the taste. To savor it, to enjoy it, to find unique flavors and combinations.

The second time I heard the word 'ratatouille' was in high school French class. We were discussing popular French dishes and I finally found out what ratatouille actually was. Now that I know what it actually is, I can make it. And now that I can make it successfully, I can share it with you!

{ ingredients }
2 roma tomatoes
1 eggplant
1 yellow squash
1 zucchini
can of tomato sauce
olive oil
{ what to do }
1. preheat oven to 425.
2. heat olive oil in pan on medium heat and lightly brown the vegetables.
3. next, take out your oven pan. i used a 9 x 9 but any size will work. place the tomato sauce at the bottom then line up the vegetables however you'd like. i put the eggplant on bottom and put the rest in a line on top, as you can see.
4. add your favorite spices & seasoning on top.
5. bake for 15 minutes, and wah-la! serve.

Ratatouille is a very artistic dish - full of vibrant colors and acidic flavors. Yet personally, I prefer to eat it with something instead of completely alone. It's great with basically any grain. Add it to spaghetti, quinoa, put it on toast or crackers. The squash and zucchini are my favorite part but the tomatoes are too acidic while the texture of the eggplant is off. 

There's a lot to take in when it comes to ratatouille which is why I appreciate it. Like the film, it's a complex yet simple dish. You can really savor it and appreciate the vegetables in their raw form. And plus, it's naturally vegan! 

You can make it in many forms - but I took the artistic savory approach, just as the film did. It's also amazingly delicious in soup form. X