A ratatouille is a beautiful summer excuse to transform humble ingredients like onions, garlic and herbs in to a glorious and delicious dish. This recipe is very healthy but packed with big flavors. I use zucchini and yellow squash in this version but you could add eggplant, peppers and thin slices of potatoes for a more powerful version.
I quickly chop all the tomatoes, shallot, carrot and garlic with a food processor and then I pour all the chopped vegetables in a baking dish with my herbs and good olive oil. I layer the zucchini by making mini-stacks of about 20 slices in sequence, and then I arrang a few stacks at a time into the prepared baking dish in a concentric spiral from the outer edge to the inside, fanning them out.
I made the ratatouille with my kids for dinner. I sliced the zucchini, they stacked the slices for me in neat piles. We talked about summer plans and they filled me in on the latest stories. We played a game of badmington on the lawn and while I miserably lost every set, I won precious time with them, away from twitter and the unwatchable news #RESIST