I say this is delicious and it really is. I don't usually like ratatouille but this one is so full of flavour and sweetness which makes it a real comfort food that the whole family can enjoy.
I have suggested you finely chop the onions, garlic and peppers because most children seem to prefer it that way but for adults you can leave bigger chunks.
This serves 4 adults or 6 children
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 red onions or plain onions (I use a combination): finely chopped in the food processor.
4 large garlic cloves: finely chopped in the food processor.
2 sweet romano peppers (or red peppers will do): finely chopped in the food processor.
Any combination of the following (all diced into 3cm pieces): 1 butternut squash, 1 aubergine, 3 courgettes. You could actually add any veg you have: baby corn, parsnips and fine green beans would also work. The more variety the better so you get a wider variety of nutrients. Just use whatever you have in your larder.
1 can of chopped tomatoes or 2 large peeled and chopped tomatoes
a tiny pinch of caster sugar (to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes)
a sprinkle of turmeric (this has great anti-inflammatory properties)
1. Heat the oil in a large le creuset- style casserole.
2. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft (approx 3 mins - careful they don't burn). Then add the garlic, chilli and peppers and stir for another few mins.
3. Add all the other vegetables and stir occasionally while they cook for ten mins.
4. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, turmeric and a little salt and pepper (leave out if cooking for children). Stir everything together and add the water then pop a few rosemary sprigs on top.
5 Place the lid on the casserole and simmer gently for 30-40 mins until the veg are tender. Serve alone with a sprinkle of parsley or with a green salad or brown rice.