Ratatouille!

For easter?

My family always makes really traditional foods every holiday. Although they are great cooks and I love their scalloped potatoes and grandpa’s ham, I am more of an unpredictable type who loves new stuff. But my family is big on tradition. So I’m letting them cook their great easter feast (they same one they cook for Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, etc.) except I’m going to suprise them with Ratatouille. Hopefully some of them will be daring to eat it, especially since I’m sure a lot of them haven’t had eggplant EVER! I know shocking right? My Italian family would love this, but most of them live in New York so I don’t really get to have the big italian feasts with all the bizarre food my mother would never eat. Good traditional American cooking is my mother’s family’s style.

So this ratatouille contains: eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, olives, onions, celery, red wine vinegar, and garlic. It is absolutely delicious and it tastes soooo much better than it looks. It smells so good, even my MOTHER said it smells good… which says a lot. But can I get her to eat it? With the eggplant… ummm… probably not. Oh well, they can just eat around it. More eggplant for me and my dad!

Oh and everything in it is made organic (even my mother knew to buy me organic onions 🙂 and I didn’t even ask her! Love you mommy!) In fact, when I was cleaning off the celery I found a few bugs. Don’t worry! I cleaned all the produce very well. Nobody will have a suprise tomorrow! But you know its organic when you find bugs! Or they just used really cheap repellent.

This is definently something I will be making more often, even though it has lots of $$$ worth of produce. But it does make a lot! It is organic, vegan, and very healthy! I would recommend this classic French vegetable stew to any athlete, yogini, dancer, or anyone trying live a healthy and nutritious life!

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