Ratatouille is an easy to make, very versatile, vegetarian dish usually loaded with succulent Mediterranean vegetables. Once roasted, you can scramble with eggs, stuff a baked potato, serve over brown rice or quinoa. Or, serve as a tasty side for chicken, beef, pork or fish. The possibilities are endless. I’ve made this dish skinny by using only a little olive oil and topping with fat-free feta cheese. One serving has 94 calories, 3.8 grams of fat and 2 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Olive oil cooking spray, see shopping tip
5 cups eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
1½ cups zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
1½ cups yellow squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 small red onion, sliced into rings
1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cherry tomatoes
5 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon dried Italian seasonings
3 tablespoons fat-free feta cheese, see shopping tip
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a large baking pan with olive oil cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, toss together eggplant, zucchini, squash and onions with 1½ tablespoons olive oil.
3. Arrange on a baking sheet. Make a little room on one side of pan and add tomatoes and whole garlic cloves. Spray top of tomato mixture with a little olive oil cooking spray and toss to coat. Sprinkle entire pan with salt and pepper.
4. Roast in oven for about 15-20 minutes until the eggplant is tender.
5. First transfer roasted tomatoes and garlic to a large bowl and add Italian seasoning. Mash together tomatoes and garlic with the back of a spoon. Make sure to break up garlic. Next, add roasted vegetables and toss in tomato mixture. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired
6. Transfer into a serving dish, if desired. Top with 3 tablespoons of fat-free feta cheese. Or, dish out each serving and top each with a little cheese.
Makes 6 servings
Ratatouille is derived from the French word touiller, which means to mix or stir together. It originated in Nice.
This can be prepared a day or so in advanced, refrigerated and reheated before serving.
Olive oil cooking spray is my favorite cooking spray for savory dishes. You’ll find it in the aisle where cooking oils are found.
Fat-free feta cheese comes in a container and sold in most supermarkets. I found it at Trader Joe’s. Buy it already crumbled. If you buy it in a block, crumble before adding to this dish.
Weight Watchers (old points) 1
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
94 calories, 3.8g fat, 3g protein, 14g carbs, 4g fiber, 236mg sodium, 1g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 serving made with 3 tablespoons oil and regular feta cheese
136 calories, 8.5g fat, 3g protein, 14g carbs, 4g fiber, 274mg sodium, 1g sugar