I wasted no time starting up my CSA box again this past week after returning from a month long vacation in Korea, and I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to fill my crisper with the freshest, in-season produce that nature has to offer. We signed up for bi-weekly again because it’s more economical for the two of us while providing us with PLENTY to enjoy throughout the weeks.
When brainstorming for what to do with all this produce, I first like to focus on just one ingredient. Then comes the all important series of questions – “What pairs well with it (specifically what other CSA contents can I incorporate)? Keep it light or a bit on the heavy/”comfort” side? How long will it take to make?”
This time the beautiful bevy of eggplants was my point of inspiration, and I was def leaning in favor of comfort food. Ratatouille more than satisfied our “starving-for-homecooked-meals” bellies (at least mine anyway). Eating out for every single meal over the course of a month was glorious in the beginning…and then it just became painful.
Now the beauty of this recipe is…there’s really nothing to it! Although there are many variables to take into consideration when making traditional ratatouille (like cooking each vegetable separately, adding plenty of olive oil, using canned tomatoes and their juices, baking in the oven, etc.), I like to keep things pretty simple. This dish allowed me to incorporate 4 goodies from my CSA box – eggplants, tomatoes, red bell peppers, and basil. Making ratatouille was a great decision, indeed.