Ratatouille: I know we ate it growing up but, dinner was dinner. I'd help out, set the table, maybe. But like most kids, I was much more interested in NSYNC and if Joey and Pacey were going to ever get together on Dawson's Creek, than on the ingredients in ratatouille. But, when my mom and I were going through recipes it looked like an easy, healthy, and vegetarian classic—so I was excited to learn.
My theme for this meal is dice dice dice—that is really all there is to it. Really fast and really easy. Seriously. Total meal time was about 30 min, 15 min prep time, 15 min cook time. AND really healthy!! Just an onion, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, red pepper, and 1 banana pepper (note: I'd never seen a banana pepper before. They are long and green just in case you hadn't either).
To start, I washed the veggies. Then, I seeded and sliced the red pepper and banana pepper (recipe says ½ inch dice mine were probably 1 inch and were fine) while Sara helped out by chopping the onion and the garlic (she's the best!) I put the sliced ingredients in a bowl and moved on to the tomatoes -- I'd never seeded a tomato before, it just means remove the guts of the tomato -- and the zucchini, then I peeled and diced the eggplant. With everything was sliced and diced and I felt like I was on a cooking show with all my bowls of ingredients!