Side Dishes & Vegetables, What's for Dinner??


May 30, 2013

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=”” 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
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Stir together your onion, garlic paste, and tomato sauce. Spread into the bottom of a 9 inch pan.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

ratatouille recipe

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??)

ratatouille recipe inspired by Disney

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!



Comments (16)

  • Vanessa Barker Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 7:21 am

    This looks so pretty. I’m sure my kids would eat it just because of the fun colors!

  • Aimee @ like mother like daughter Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I love your idea of making a disney inspired dish every week! So cute! Also, I made ratatouille once, but it wasn’t nearly as pretty as this. But now I think I should make it again. Yum!

  • Aly Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Darling! and delish! love it!

  • Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful photos! Pinning!

  • Summer Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 9:35 am

    This looks delcious and so pretty! We love the movie Ratatouille here – definately a fave!

  • Kaylynn Young Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

    GORGEOUS. Seriously. Can’t wait to try!!!

  • Karina Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

    love the idea of having a Disney inspired recipe! I cant wait to see the rest. It looks so yummy!!

  • Katie Clark Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Not only does this sound delicious, but it looks beautiful, too!

  • Leanne Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    It looks delicious and I’m sad you didn’t bring me some over. I’m pinning so I can make my own. 😉

    • Jesseca Reply

      May 31, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Leanne, you are invited to dinner anytime!

  • Kacy Reply

    June 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    This recipe was delish! Made it tonight for me and my family. We licked the bowl clean!

  • Haley Kjar Reply

    June 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    What a fantastic idea to make recipes that go along with Disney movies! Can’t wait to see the rest. :) This ratatouille dish looks lovely and I’m sure tastes even better. Cheers to all those fresh veggies! (and fresh fruits in the cobbler recipe you shared over at Whipperberry!) Excited to try this. :)


    PS – Thrilled to be part of the Whipperberry Creative Team with you!

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    March 26, 2014 at 6:55 am

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  • rawan Reply

    June 21, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    love this! soooo easily veganizable <3 thank you!

  • Tim Reply

    June 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Credit where credit is due please! Thomas Keller served as consultant(so much as having producers briefly stagiare at French Laundry) and created this dish based on a slightly older dish he had made. I love this movie, but I think if you’re going to talk about this Thomas Keller dish, you should mention him!

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