Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Easy Stovetop Ratatouille
I've got ratatouille on the brain.
Not Ratatouille (affiliate link), the movie (though it was delightful)!
Did you see it? If not here's the video trailer...
What I'm thinking about is ratatouille the southern French vegetable dish that originated in Provence, France.
I crave it each summer when all the vegetables required to make it - eggplant, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, and zucchini - are plentiful and full of flavor.
It's one of the most delicious ways I know to bump up my intake of 0 Points fresh vegetables. (Ratatouille is naturally low in calories since its mostly vegetables.)
Just this morning I was thinking about it, putting together the ingredient list in my head, as I was making my way over to More Time at the Table and discovered Alyce's post for her version of ratatouille.
How serendipitous is that?
The Skinny on Easy Weight Watchers Friendly Ratatouille Recipe
You can use ratatouille so many ways.
It's a sensational side dish for chicken or fish, a tasty topping for toasted bread, pasta or polenta, and a fabulous filling for omelets and crepes. Or try it as a base for poaching eggs.
There are lots of different ratatouille recipes, some are roasted, others are simmered on the stovetop or in the slow cooker - so feel free to make it whatever way suits you best. Many traditional ratatouille recipes are fussier than this one, suggesting that you cook each vegetable separately.
This is an easy version from one of my favorite cookbooks of the moment - 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness (affiliate link) - that only uses 2 teaspoons of olive oil, so it's low-fat and extra Weight Watchers friendly.
How Many Calories & WW Points in this Easy Skillet Ratatouille?
According to my calculations, each serving has just 110 calories and:
1 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
1 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
1 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Easy Weight Watchers Friendly Ratatouille Recipe
- 2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1-½ cups chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
- 2 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 eggplant, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with their juice
- 1 cup water
- salt and pepper
- ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil, if desired
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, red pepper, onions and herbes de Provence, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add the zucchini and eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and their juice, water and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
- Uncover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes more.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Serve sprinkled with basil, if desired.
Source: 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness (affiliate link) from Camilla Saulsbury
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Here's video with another delicious version of ratatouille from a real French cook with a real French accent...
If you liked this post and recipe for easy, healthy ratatouille, you might also like:
- Oven-Roasted Ratatouille Recipe - perfect when you don't want to attend to the stovetop (Weight Watchers)
- The WW Friendly Vegetarian Recipes (Simple Nourished Living)
- 23 Ways to Get More Fruits and Vegetables in Your Life (Simple Nourished Living)
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Jeanette (Jeanette's Healthy Living)
Ratatouille is one of my favorite summer dishes - great way to use all of summer's bounty!
Do you have to salt eggplant (and possibly zucchini) before cooking? Thank you!
Hi Janis, Lots of recipes suggest you salt and let sit and then rinse and dry eggplant before cooking which I usually do for eggplant parmesan. I did not do that for this recipe and thought it was fine. Much might depend on the size and age of the eggplant. I've never salted zucchini. Hope this helps. ~Martha