Ratatouille

Easy to make, full of garden fresh veggies.

Wondering what to make with all those fresh veggies from the garden or farmer’s market? Ratatouille is easy to make, full of nutrients and can be frozen to use over those cold winter nights.

What you will need

  • Large garden zucchini or 3 small zucchinis (approx 3 cups) diced
  • 1 large eggplant (2 cups) diced
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 2 fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 bell pepper (I used 1/2 red and 1/2 green) chopped
  • dried oregano, parsley, paprika (1 -2 tsp)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • sea salt (1-2 tsp)
  • Balsamic Vinegar (2 tbsp)
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  1. Prepare all veggies by chopping,dicing to your preferred size. (I like a larger chunk of veggie)
  2. Heat olive oil, add onion and garlic, saute on medium heat.
  3. Add peppers, zucchini, then eggplant and tomatoes. Continue to saute until all veggies are soft.
  4. Add parsley, oregano , paprika and salt, mix well and continue to saute for another minute until spices are well blended.
  5. Add vegetable broth and tomato paste, stir gently and continue to simmer on med heat for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add balsamic vinegar and simmer on low for another 5 minutes. Add more vegetable broth if needed to cover veggies.
  7. Serve with rice, quinoa, or a nice slice of french bread!

Zucchini Brownies

Vegan Zucchini Brownies..delicious!

Who does not like a gooey chocolatey brownie? Add a little zucchini, lower the sugar and you have a somewhat nutritious treat without all the guilt!

Ingredients for Vegan Zucchini Brownies

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups grated zucchini
  2. 2 cups flour of your choosing (almond, whole wheat, all purpose)
  3. 1 cup organic coconut sugar
  4. 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  5. 2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1 tsp salt (I used grey salt)
  7. 1 1/4 cups vegan chocolate chips/chunks
  8. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  9. 1/2 cup oil (Coconut, extra virgin olive oil)
  10. Container of organic chocolate frosting (or create your own *please see recipe)
  11. Lightly greased baking dish.

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees, lightly grease a baking dish ( I used 8″ square glass)
  2. Grate Zucchini using a food processor or grater.
  3. Add coconut sugar, vanilla, oil and cocoa powder to zucchini mixture and combine until well blended.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt together.
  5. Slowly add dry mixture to the zucchini mixture, mix until well combined but do not over mix.
  6. Add chocolate chips to mixture and stir just until chocolate chips are combined into the batter.
  7. Pour mixture into baking dish and bake at 375 for 26-30 minutes.
  8. Remove to cool.
  9. * Optional add frosting to brownies and serve!

Quick Chocolate Frosting Recipe

I did use a pre- packaged container of frosting as it was on sale which is a rarity for organic vegan items! However vegan frosting is easy to make!

  1. 1 cup organic powdered sugar *regular powdered sugar uses bone char for decolorizing filter.
  2. 1/2 cup vegan margarine.
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder.
  4. 1 tsp pure vanilla.

Combine mixture in food processor.