Ratatouille is a hearty, one dish meal that’s equally good the day after it’s made. Reheat it, covered, in a 350F oven for ~30 minutes.
It’s nice to have a grain to serve with all these vegetables. Plain rice works well, but a rich risotto is even better. Place the risotto or rice in the bottom of a shallow bowl and top with the ratatouille.
This plate of noodles and vegetables is filling and quick to prepare. To save extra time, buy cubed squash instead of a whole squash. you can swap the broccoli for cauliflower in the dish and get equally delicious results. Fresh ginger would pump up the flavor, but I didn’t have any on hand when I made this.
Zucchini plants produce 2 types of flowers – male and female at a rate of 3:1. While either will work for this recipe, using the male flowers allows the zucchini plant to continue normal production. Only the female flowers will turn into fruit and an over-abudnance of male polinating flowers exist to make sure that all the females are able to produce. Female blossoms can be identified by the small ball on their stem at the base of the flower head. Male flowers have a plain stem going into the flower itself.
The blossoms and stems will likely be prickly before they are cooked, but they soften significantly. They will taste like mild squash, not at all like flowers. Continue reading