What better way to eat healthy than to use freshly grown veggies from your local farmer’s market?
After a trip to The Farmer’s Daughter, we came home with a surplus of ripened cherry tomatoes, crisp peppers, green zucchinis, and more. With plans to sit on the beach all day go to a dinner party that night, what better way to cook up all these veggies than to chop them up and let them simmer all day in some sweet marinara sauce in order to make a delicious ratatouille?!
Between washing and chopping the veggies and mixing them up with the sauce, prep time took about 20 minutes. Cook time was about 6 hours in the crock pot on high although it would probably be ready to eat after 3 or 4 hours as well.
Here are all of the ingredients we began with:
After chopping, we found it didn’t all fit in the crock pot, so here is what we ended up putting in:
-2 no heat jalapeno peppers
-3 peppers (1 yellow, 1 green, 1 red)
-half a white onion
-4 cloves of garlic
-all of the cherry tomatoes seen above
We began by giving all of the veggies a quick wash (except the onion and garlic which we just peeled).
Once they were clean, we continued on to give them all a good chop and drop them in the crock pot.
Once we put it all together, the crock pot ended up being so full, we couldn’t stir the sauce in so we actually put it all in a big pot to stir it up. We added a jar and a half of Newman’s Marinara sauce and a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Once it was all stirred up, I poured it all right back into the crock pot and there it stayed on high for the next 6 hours as we lounged on the beach soaking up the late summer sun.
…6 hours later…
I ate mine with a slice of steak, but you could pair it with anything: chicken, pasta, rice, etc…
All in all, it was delicious and makes for a healthy and hearty meal to be served as a side, topping, or even main dish! It could even be used as your meal prep if you just add some protein and maybe a little quinoa, brown rice, or whole grain/quinoa/corn pasta.
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Click here to see all of our pictures from our trip to The Farmer’s Daughter, where we got all of the yummy veggies!