While I did not spend this weekend drinking green beer, watching a St. Patty’s Day parade, and/or participating in some sort of fun race, it was still a good one.  One that included a four mile run (longest distance in a while), Lime Fresh and fro-yo, a pedicure, and Silver Linings Playbook.  Not very Irish’y’ but still fun. 

The four mile run was awesome…until yesterday when my knee started aching a little bit.  I’m hoping some rest will turn it around.  Lime Fresh was better than I remember, as was Yogurtland.  The pedicure was MUCH needed.  I know Spring is upon us, but I decided to go with a super dark purple (almost black) color.  My sister said it’s very emo (?).  And Silver Linings Playbook was amazing!  I have a new found respect for Bradley Cooper.  His acting was spot on, as was Robert Di Nero’s and Jennifer Lawrence’s.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please go…NOW! 

So that takes us through Saturday.  Yesterday morning, I woke up with a recipe idea floating around in my head.  After making a quick breakfast, I got to work on a Ratatouille Soup inspired by the Ratatouille recipe from the Skinny Taste blog.

Now, you may be wondering why I was making soup at 8:30 am.  Well, I wanted to avoid the following scenario: lunchtime rolls around, I haven’t gone on my grocery run yet, Vishnu’s hungry, there’s nothing to eat.  In fact, that exact situation did occur, but instead of going hungry, we ate big bowls of Ratatouille soup.  It’s like I have ESP or something!

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You guys, this soup is so good and so easy to make.  Chop and drop. 

The flavor is very earthy from the herbs.  The beans give this traditional vegetable dish heartiness, especially when paired with a piece of buttered toast.   And the vegetables really worked well together…the soft eggplant with the slightly crunchy bell peppers – so many different textures in one bowl!

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I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch today.

Ratatouille Soup
Inspired by Skinny Taste

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
half of a small (seeded) green chili pepper, minced
1 medium eggplant, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 cup red beans
1/2 cup great northern beans
2 14.5 ounce cans vegetable broth
1/2 cup tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons chopped basil

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onions, garlic, and green chili pepper.  Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.  Add the eggplant, bell peppers, and zucchini.  Cook for another 5 minutes.  Add parsley, rosemary, beans, broth and tomato sauce.  Stir to combine.  At this point, taste the broth and add salt and pepper (to taste).  Cover and simmer on low heat for 25-30 minutes.   The soup is ready when the eggplant is soft.  Before serving, add basil, and stir. 

Make this.  It’s good.  I swear.

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Well, I’m hoping for a quiet week, since the majority of my team is in China.  *Fingers crossed!*  Now that I’ve typed it out, I’m sure this week will be all kinds of crazy. 

Happy Monday!

Have you seen Silver Linings Playbook?  Thoughts?

By Parita

16 thoughts on “Ratatouille Soup”
  1. I was juuust trying to decide what to have for dinner that involved beans (just boiled up a batch this morning)- you had me at butter toast ;)! I think I will be trying this recipe sooner rather than later- thanks!

    You know I loved Silver Linings Playbook…they all acted so well and it had such a great message to it. I loved Jennifer Lawrence’s point which she raised at the Oscars: why is it okay for diabetics to take Diabetes medicine but it’s taboo for someone with mental problems to take medicine??

    1. EXACTLY! That’s why I loved the movie so much – takes a taboo topic and tells a story about it. Very powerful…IMO!

      And let me know if you make the soup – it was yummy!

  2. Every time I hear the word ratatouille, I immediately think of the Pixar film with the rat. Yes I’m all of 10 years old :mrgreen: And I couldn’t agree with you more about SIlver Linings Playbook. I went into the theater without any big expectations and was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. I had a hard time picturing Bradley Cooper playing any kind of serious roll well, but I thought he was great, and I seriously have the hugest girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence.

  3. I saw Silver Linings Playbook a couple months ago, and I thought it was good, but I didn’t see the Oscar hype about it. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. The soup does look good.. definitely very hearty! Btw.. I checked out that oatmeal bake you mentioned, turned out fabulous. I”ll share soon, I changed it a bit. 🙂

  4. Mine did not involve anything green besides avocado hummus :P..I really liked the acting of Bradley Cooper and J. Lawrence but the movie overall, I am not sure if it was sooooo good, or maybe i had way too much expectation. this is a great recipe for meatless Monday meal. Hope you will have relaxing day at work friend. Take Care

    1. I loved how real it was and how it shed light on such a taboo topic, especially nowadays! And I’m a sucker for any kind of love story!!

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