Our biggest vacation plans this year happen to be to Disneyland… Incase you couldn’t tell by my overuse of “periods” I’m not too enthused. I grew up in southern California and love to go back for visits, but Disneyland mid summer is not my favorite place. It’s hot, crowded, and well… yuck!
HOWEVER, I have a four year old that is over the moon excited. He gets to visit Mickey Mouse and see Cars land?!? What more could a little boy ask for?
His enthusiasm has gotten me in the Disney spirit and we’ve decided to start a new series here on the site! Once a week for the month of June (and apparently one the last day of May) I will be posting a recipe that is inspired by a a Disney movie!
- 1/2- 8oz can of tomato sauce
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 tsp. [url href=”http://na.gourmetgarden.com/us/products/garlic” title=”Gourmet Garden chunky garlic paste”]Gourmet Garden chunky garlic paste [/url]
- 1 small eggplant, sliced
- 1 small zucchini, sliced
- 1 small yellow squash, sliced
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow pepper, sliced
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/4 C. fresh grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Stir together your onion, garlic paste, and tomato sauce. Spread into the bottom of a 9 inch pan.
- Line all of your chopped veggies in your dish. I started on the outer edge and worked my way in. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cover your veggies with a piece of parchment paper slid just inside your baking dish. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until your veggies are tender. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.
recipe adapted from Allrecipes
We are already huge veggie eaters, but this was DELICOUS! Not kidding… I will probably make this several times a month. I was expecting some crazy off the wall hard recipe, but was pleasantly surprised with the ease and flavor that this dish has. Even my little guy gobbled up his portion.
If you haven’t seen Ratatouille, you are missing out. This adorable cartoon is what got my son into the kitchen. He loves Remy, and is determined to find him at the park! (someone please tell me they actually have him walking around??)
Another bonus to this recipe is that you can have your kids watch the movie, and then get them into the kitchen to help you cook this up! You will be amazed just how quickly the dish disappears! One last comment before I go… I do recommend you invest in a mandolin slicer. It made slicing the veggies quick and painless. Just watch your fingers!