Ratatouille, Barley & Green Beans

Ratatouille is one of those quick things an 8 year old child can throw together. As such it’s always satisfying. I had an eggplant sitting on the counter staring at me all week and a ton of fresh tomatoes so I decided tonight was the night. Same thing with the barley and a desire to throw in some grains onto the plate. The lemon and oil blanched green beans are an attempt to slow down on the chocolate snacks. I’m hoping the fresh crunch and lemon flavor will satisfy some of those cravings.

Ratatouille Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 eggplant in 2″ pieces (peel skin if desired)
  • 8 to 10 fresh ripe tomatoes
  • 3 zucchini chopped into 1″ poieces
  • 2 stalks celery cut in 1/’8 inch pieces diagonally
  • 15 stalks of asparagus choped
  • 7 cloves of garlic crushed then diced
  • basil, thyme, oregano, fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. sriracha
  • 3 cups red wine

Ratatouille Process

  1. Cook onions in olive oil on medium heat in large pot (6 minutes).
  2. Add in celery and garlic (2 minutes).
  3. Pour in wine and add tomato paste, sriracha and spices.
  4. Add in tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant.
  5. Reduce to a low simmer and cook for 20 minutes until vegetables are cooked but still slightly al dente.
  6. Serve over barley.

Barley Process

  1. Bring 2.5 cups water and 1 cup barley to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes.
  3. Serve.

Green Beans Process

  1. Blanch cleaned fresh green beans in a pot of cold water.
  2. Remove beans and cool in ice water (or cold tap) immediately when the water boils.
  3. Let drip dry in a colander and squeeze 1/2 of a lemon over top and drizzle with olive oil then season with cracked pepper.
  4. Serve cold.


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