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Slow Cooker Ratatouille

Slow Cooker Ratatouille

Veggies soften as they cook, flavors melding into a wonderful stew

Veggies soften as they cook, flavors melding into a wonderful stew

 

Make a Ratatouille Meal Kit to freeze now and cook later in your slow cooker. If you plan to cook it within 3 months there is no need to blanche veggies before freezing - yay!

Of course you can also skip the freezer and make a lovely pot of Ratatouille today.

Veggies: some from our garden, some from  a friend's

Veggies: some from our garden, some from  a friend's

Gardener or not, we've all been there. Too many summer veggies to use up before they spoil. One day, when faced with a pile of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant I had an inspiration - why not cut up the veggies and freeze them together to cook later in my slow cooker? Ratatouille Meal Kits were born. 

 

Yield: 2 quarts, about 6-8 servings

 

1 medium eggplant, cut in 1-inch pieces

4 large tomatoes (l lb), cut in 1 ½-inch pieces

2 medium zucchini or summer squash (l lb), cut in1-inch pieces

3 bell peppers, cut in 1-inch pieces

1 large onion, peeled and diced

4-6 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

¼ cup olive oil

1/4 cup red wine, optional

1-2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon sea salt

 

ASSEMBLE A MEAL KIT:

Label your bag before filling.

Prepped veggies for Ratatouille; a feast for the eyes, too

Prepped veggies for Ratatouille; a feast for the eyes, too

 

Prepare the veggies and add to 1 gallon-size Ziploc freezer bag in the order they are listed.

Add tomato paste, olive oil, wine, dried basil and salt to bag.

Slow Cooker Ratatouille Meal Kit ready to freeze contains all the delicious ingredients listed on a handy label from www.newleafwellness.biz

Slow Cooker Ratatouille Meal Kit ready to freeze contains all the delicious ingredients listed on a handy label from www.newleafwellness.biz

 

Seal the bag, squeezing as much air out as you can. Flatten the bag to an even thickness. Place on a cookie sheet to help it freeze flat. Freeze up to 3 months.

Slow Cooker Ratatouille meal kit thawed overnight in the fridge in preparation for cooking today

Slow Cooker Ratatouille meal kit thawed overnight in the fridge in preparation for cooking today

 

COOKING DAY DIRECTIONS:

Thaw bag overnight in fridge or float in warm water for 1 hour. Pour contents of bag into 5-6-quart slow cooker and cook 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. If you want to reduce the amount of liquid in the Ratatouille, remove the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking time.

 

Taste and add additional salt if desired. Serve as is in bowls or over rice or pasta. Top with grated Parmesan or mozzarella for extra flavor. You can add red pepper flakes or hot sauce for zing.

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