Abigail Joy Dougherty: Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Expert & Lover of Life
2013, gluten free, Healthy Recipes, Inspiration, Ratatouille, Registered Dietitian

Trying New Things — It’s Rata-tatouille

Happy Weekend!!

Give yourself a BREAK and ENJOY! <3

I just love this saying; its just so true! Sometimes that break in routine can revive and rejuvenate you!!  I encourage you to try something new, give yourself a break and ENJOY your weekend!! Starting… NOW!

This recipe was something new to me and, to be quite honest, a recipe that quite intimidated me! I think it might have had to do with the eggplant. I’ve made only a handful of dishes with eggplant and they’ve all come out mc-mediocre… at best!Get OUT Eggplant

I had a little bit of a dilemma though because I had a new order from Fruit of the Vine Organics with 2 eggplants, 6 bell peppers and 6 tomatoes! I am good with tomatoes and peppers but eggplant – I was perplexed. In came the ratatouille idea from Fruit of the Vine organics website! They have such helpful ideas and recipes there for what to do with the weeks produce – It was a lifesaver!!

What to do with this deliciousness?!

What to do with this deliciousness?!

I ended up trying something new twice that week! I made the ratatoille on Monday, and then again on Wednesday because I was loving it so much! For dinner, my husband and I enjoyed it over quinoa – It was delish!! I brought it for lunch and would even throw a dollop in my morning eggs for a delicious scramble! This girl is HOOKED on ratatouille!!

I encourage you to try this!! It might seem a little overwhelming with the eggplant and quite a bit of veggie chopping BUT if I can do it, you can do it!! Honestly, it is easy and you can do the chopping ahead of time! I even tried this recipe with a twist and added some white wine  and  delicata squash (pictured below) for my Wednesday rendition! That’s another awesome thing about ratatouille you can do whatever you want with it!

Ratatouille for lunch w/ Delicata squash, white wine and spinach - Delish!

Ratatouille for lunch w/ Delicata squash, white wine and spinach – Delish!

So yummy!! And really no need to be intimidated — If I can do it, you can definitely do it! 🙂



A huge thank you to Fruit of the Vine Organics for this recipe!

Delicious Ratatouille

Delicious Ratatouille

Serves:  6

  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 1/2 cups small diced yellow onion (~1 large)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups medium diced eggplant, skin on (~1 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cup diced green bell peppers (~2 peppers)
  • 2 cup diced zucchini squash (2 zucchini)
  • 1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped tomatoes (~3-4 tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: Al Fresco Chicken Sausage (~3-4 links chopped)
  • May add other types of squash, potatoes, spinach – whatever you have!


Set a large 12-inch saute pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onions and garlic to the pan. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are wilted and lightly caramelized, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Add the eggplant and thyme to the pan and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is partially cooked, about 10 minutes.  Add the peppers, zucchini, and squash and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes.  Add sliced chicken sausage (if using).  Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley, and salt and pepper, to taste, and cook for a final 10 minutes.  Stir well to blend and serve either hot or at room temperature.


What vegetables are you intimidated by?

What is your go to weeknight recipe?

<3 Abigail


2 Comments to “Trying New Things — It’s Rata-tatouille”

  1. All vegetables intimidate me. I have no idea what to do with them. I just recently learned how to cook fresh broccoli on the stove and not out of a bag in the microwave. I know it’s sad. I’m working on getting away from boxes and bags but I have so much to learn.

    I appreciate your ideas. Keep ’em coming!

    • Carole, thank you so much!!
      It can be intimidating; I was seriously there too!! But my best advice is to keep trying! Just start with one! Pick a veggie that intimidates you – say eggplant – find a recipe (like this one) and GO FOR IT!! You can definitely do it!! And the best way to get over your fear is to act! <3 Miss seeing you!!

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