Intro to Cooking: Spanish Ratatouille

I’m a runner, and I have celiac disease, which means I’m always on the lookout for fresh, healthy recipes that will satisfy my sensitive and insatiable stomach. So when I stumbled upon a blog called The Runner’s Kitchen, I knew I’d hit the jackpot. Its runner-author, Megan, is always serving up creative and tasty dishes that are simple to follow and great for inspiration beyond the poor-college-student-rice-and-beans diet that seems to account for much of my caloric intake.

My personal favorite of hers is a recipe for Spanish Ratatouille, which I’ve modified slightly below. It’s great to make in one big batch, either to portion out over the week (it reheats nicely) or to serve when you’re trying to impress the roomies. Besides being gluten-free, this hearty, filling, and flavorful dish is also vegetarian!

Ingredients

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt & pepper
1 large red onion
3 cloves garlic
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
1 eggplant
1 jalapeño
2 jars roasted red peppers
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 can cannellini beans, drained
3 cups (dry) brown rice, cooked (optional)

Directions

1. Wash and dice the zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, and jalapeño. The smaller the pieces, the better. Set aside in one bowl.

2. Meanwhile, start preparing the brown rice (if you choose to make it) as instructed.

3. Peel and dice the onion and mince the garlic (or you can get those jars that are already minced for you!). Heat a VERY large saucepan (if you don’t have a large one, use two regular-sized saucepans and divide the ingredients equally) and coat the bottom with olive oil. Add onion first, wait a minute, then add garlic. Add dashes of olive oil as needed until the onions brown.

4. Add the zucchini, squash, eggplant, and jalapeño and stir until they lose volume and the zucchini are browned at the edges.

5. Remove red peppers from jars and slice thinly. Add the peppers and cannellini, stir about 1 minute.

6.  Last, add the diced tomatoes and stir another 2-3 minutes until all ingredients are soft. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve over rice, as desired. Yum!

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