Friday, January 8, 2010

Roaring Fork Ratatouille

Weather forecast once again: pada kisa, lluvia, and more rain! This calls for a hearty stew!

I promised you I was going to prepare that spicy couscous a few days ago . But I have something even better!

My hubby found a recipe with polenta and spinach but I thought I would give it a twist. I read the ingredient list and I didn't have all the items but I didn't let this small detail discourage me from cooking. Did I mention it is raining?.. ..AND I am not feeling adventurous enough to run outside and jump in the puddles of water! Therefore I improvised and used what I had in the pantry.

Plus I have a great helper in the kitchen.

She is also improvising and thinking of adding kiwis into the recipe.

So this is what I prepared: couscous with spinach, roaring fork ratatouille. Sounds intriguing right? I found the recipe in The Best of Simply Colorado Cookbook I purchased several years ago.

Original recipe:

  • cooking spray

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, diced

  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and cubed

  • 2 medium green bell peppers, sliced into strips

  • 1 C. tomato juice

  • 3T. dry red wine

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tsp. dried basil, 1 tsp. dried marjoram, 1/2 tsp. dried oregano,1 tsp. salt

  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced

  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced

  • 1/2 C. water (if needed)
    • Lightly coat large pot with cooking spray. Add onion, garlic and saute until tender (about 5 minutes). Add eggplant, peppers, tomato juice, wine and seasonings; mix well. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender (about 10-15 minutes). Add zucchini and tomatoes, cover and simmer 10 more minutes or until all vegetables are tender. (Add water as needed.) Serve on a bed of rice. ( I used couscous!)

      My version didn't include red wine, bell peppers, nor tomatoes instead I used mushrooms and tomato paste with extra tomato juice.
      The couscous, I prepared according to the directions on the box. I also added frozen spinach (I know, you are probably thinking weird! but remember, I am improvising).

      In addition I prepared grilled red bell peppers topped with olive oil and garlic.

      Despite the alterations I made with the recipe the stew turned out yummy.
      We enjoyed our delicious, healthy and warm meal as we watched the rain fall outside our balcony window.

      And what a beautiful view of the roaring waves crashing against the rocks!


      1. I won't lie and say I'm gonna try making it--cooking for ONE consists of easier, lazier chef time in the kitchen--but it sure sounds and looks yummy.

      2. Yes it was easy to prepare. Most of the work consisted of chopping all the vegetables but after that it was up to the stove to do all the work. Let me know how you like it!

      3. it's an easy recipe to prepare for the whole family to enjoy!


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