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If you love a heartwarming stew that will leave you satisfied and with an ear-to-ear smile, this is for you. Ratatouille has everything you could ask from a vegan stew. We need only veggies to make it and it makes one feel at home with its warm hearty flavour. Also, this recipe is easy to make and incredibly affordable.
This French classic is widely known around the globe, I mean it has its own movie! And let's be honest, a lot of its popularity is due to the movie. But there are so many other reasons why people love Ratatouille so much.
This stew is originally from Nice, the Southeast coast of the French Riviera. So a lot of the elements in Ratatouille come from the typical cuisine of that region. But since it's such an old dish that has travelled far and wide there are a lot of different versions out there. So we could say the recipe is somewhat flexible.
We love flexibility and versatility in food since it allows us to use ingredients that are easily available no matter where we are and what time of the year it is. We kept that in mind to make this particular Ratatouille recipe. Most veggies and spices you will find at your local market or have at home already.
The spices are important for our Ratatouille, as for any dish you make really. That is where we are getting the hearty flavour from. The recipe calls for fresh herbs but if you don't have those available don't worry, just use dried ones from your pantry or the supermarket.
If you're going for the dried herbs use about 1/4 of the amount of the fresh ones. Just don't shy on tasting at this stage. We want to make sure we have a flavourful stew but it is always better to go a little low on spices. You can always add a bit more but if you overdo it there is no going back.
Ratatouille is quite easy to make. The veggies are chopped in big chunks and sautéed with garlic. It has a tomato sauce as a foundation. And we just season it with the spices. We let it simmer for a few minutes and that's it. I'm adding a serving of rice and mung beans on the side. The beans are also quick and easy to make and they add the protein we were missing.
I love how this recipe turns out, and all the flavours, the colours and the aromas coming out of my plate. If you've watched the movie, you'll remember towards the end the scene where the food critic walks into the restaurant and he's presented with a big plate of warm Ratatouille.
After the first bite he goes on an emotional journey to his childhood when he used to eat Ratatouille made by his mother. That's the exact feeling I get from eating this stew and, that's why I was so eager to make it and share it with you!
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|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 320||From Fat 31|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||5.31%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3.059%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 63g||21.111%|
|Dietry Fiber 13g||51.035%|
|Vitamin A 3188.284IU||63.766%|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.899mg||44.945%|
|Vitamin C 201.261mg||335.434%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 3.814mg||12.713%|
|Vitamin K1 40.506µg||50.632%|
|Pantothenic acid 1.896mg||18.958%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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