Ratatouille

Hi again! Today, my boyfriend and I made ratatouille. It is such a delicious meal. It is all vegetables so it’s also healthy for you as well.

Ratatouille is a stew that originated from Nice, France, and it is the perfect summer dish.

We normally make this in the oven, but today we made it in our crock pot. I will provide the instructions if you don’t have a crock pot below.

Ingredients

1 medium eggplant

2 zucchini

3 stalks of celery

3 bell peppers (yellow, orange and red), although you could add a green pepper if you like, but this is what I had on hand, at the time.

1 tomato

2 onions

Garlic

Pasta sauce, or diced tomatoes, your preference

Basil

Orageno

Parsley

Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Wash all of your vegetables.
  2. Start chopping all of the vegetables.
  3. My crock pot allows me to fry up my ingredients before I begin to slow cook my food. So I began to preheat my crock pot. If you don’t have a crock pot, a frying pan works fine, too.
  4. Once preheated, I added the oil and wait for it to heat up, before I added the onions and celery.
  5. Next, I began frying up the onions, once fragment, I added the garlic and celery.
  6. Add about a teaspoon of each spice (basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper).
  7. Once evenly coated, I add the eggplant, and allow that to fry up a bit.
  8. After that I added the sauce and tomatoes or you can substitute for just diced tomato.
  9. Finally I added the bell peppers.
Since I bought a huge eggplant, my boyfriend sliced them in quarters.
I diced the bell peppers.
My boyfriend sliced the tomatoes since they would shrink when they are cooking.
I thinly sliced up the zucchinis in slices.
My boyfriend diced up two onions.
I forgot to take a photo of the chopped up celery, but at least it is in this photo. The finished touches of dinner.
The crock pot settings I used are Brown to 15 minutes on low temperature. This is what I used to heat up the vegetables.
In here I added the olive oil, onions, garlic, celery, spices, eggplant, and the zucchinis. In that exact order.
This is what it looked like after adding the sauce, tomatoes and bell peppers.

Cover it for four hours on high or six hours on low.

The finished touch!
Bon appetite!

If you don’t have a crock pot, it’s a very similar process. Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. You still cook your onions, garlic and celery in the frying pan. You can even heat up your sauce with the onions if you like. In a oven safe tray, coat the bottom of it with olive oil and a little sauce (enough to just cover the bottom of the tray). You can also get decorative about how you place each vegetable in the tray., totally up to you. I’ve always done a pattern. I would place it on the outside of the tray, and work my to the centre of the tray. Top off with the remaining sauce or diced tomatoes. Cover the dish with aluminium foil and cook for 45 minutes. Or you can cook it for 35 minutes, uncover and shred cheese on top and broil for 10 minutes, if desired.

Some recipes allow you to cook this in frying pan, if you prefer that instead. What I love about this recipe is the many options you can cook this dish. And you can add many different vegetables. Feel free to add your own pizzazz to this. It’s one of those dishes where you can express your creativity. It’s also a good dish to use up your vegetables if they are about to go bad.

It’s a tasty vegetarian dish, too or even one to have on Meatless Mondays.

I love having a baguette or some dinner rolls with this dish.

Vegetable Enchiladas

My boyfriend and his family and I made this dish for dinner.

We fried the onions with the bell peppers and then set that aside. Next we used another frying pan to boil tomato soup with vegetable stock, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then whilst that is boiling we put the onions and bell peppers in a tortillas with shredded cheese. Rolled it up and dip it in the sauce and then added more cheese on top.

And then place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. It was delicious.

Spaghetti Noodles With Bell Peppers

Earlier for dinner I made spaghetti noodles with bell peppers.

I wasn’t able to write down the recipe because I did by taste.

First you cook the spaghetti with water and a bit of salt. I cooked my noodles longer than I usually would with pasta.

You can use which ever vegetables you wish (peas, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, bell peppers etc.,). I only had bell peppers on hand since I didn’t plan this in advance. I sliced that up into thin slices. Then I fried them in olive oil.

For the sauce I used hoisin sauce, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, balsamic vinaigrette and grated ginger as well as garlic. I tasted it as I went and thought of what would make it taste awesome. I peeled the ginger before grating. Use your discretion. Place ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk.

Once the noodles are done, drain and then add them to the wok to fry. After five minutes add the sauce and let it dry for another five minutes.

Serve immediately. You may even grate some ginger on top.

My favourite part was eatingt this with my sister.

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Beef Pasta

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Earlier today my sister and I went to the grocery store and we kept on changing our minds from stir fry to pasta with beef or chicken.

After a long time pondering we decided to have beef pasta.

We bought the beef, peppers, onions and other things we needed.

I chopped the onions and peppers whilst my sister cooked the meat.

We added the peppers to the sauce. It was delicious.

 

Bow tie Noodles With Spicy Sausage and Bell Peppers

I usually make pasta and peppers with honey garlic sausages but mama bought mild sausages they were still good. I enjoyed it.

I used bow tie noodles, yellow, orange and red bell peppers and herbs and garlic pasta sauce. I also served it with garlic bread. It was superb. We also added Parmesan cheese.

I had to make this for mama because when we were grocery shopping she thought that I was making this for her and I but I was making it for my boyfriend and I. His older brother and their mama joined us since they helped out. I always wanted to have a nice gathering with his family. I enjoyed it a lot.

Chicken Stir Fry With Yellow Curry

Whenever I don’t know what to eat, I always end up making a chicken stir fry. For those who do not, that is my absolute favourite meal!

I didn’t add as many vegetables as I usually do but I added three bell peppers (orange, yellow and red) with garlic. I bought and cooked my chicken. After the chicken was cooked I added the yellow curry sauce and let that simmered for a bit. Then I served it rice.

But before I had my stir fry I tried this Thai soup which had noodles. It was good but it was extremely salty.

Build Your Pizza

I went to my sister and her boyfriend’s house and for dinner we made a Build-Your-Own-Pizza.

We bought pita wraps and then we added sauce, cheese, pepperoni, green and red peppers, onions, pineapple slices and olives. Then placed it in the oven for a few minutes.

It was superb! 🙂

Pizza

I dropped by my cousin’s house and they just finished their dinner. They had pizza with peppers, pepperoni and mushrooms.

I don’t usually have pizza with mushrooms but I was really hungry.