Movie-inspired dinners: Ratatouille
With all this talk about sneaking healthy food into our children's meals, the Disney/Pixar movie Ratatouille provides us a wonderful opportunity to get our kids eating healthy without all the trickery. I started making ratatouille after watching the movie way too much because it looked so delicious. I let my son help me prepare and layer the veggies just like he saw in the movie. It turned out great, and we all love it. Now he wants to make other things from cookbooks and the movie, and he's completely obsessed with any soup too.
1 large zucchini, sliced
1 large yellow squash, sliced
2 large shallots, sliced
1 C fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 C tomato pasta sauce
Garlic powder to taste
Salt to taste
Dried parsley to taste
Preheat oven to 350. Spread the tomato sauce on the bottom of a small baking dish (I use Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce, anything with a lot of flavor). Start layering the veggies just like in the movie, all around the pan. After each layer sprinkle a little salt, garlic, parsley, and cover with parmesan. Create another layer and do the same thing. I usually end up with 3 veggie layers, all seasoned and topped with cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 min. Remove the foil, turn up the heat to 400, cook for another 15 minutes.
It is so delicious, your family will love it, and the kids have so much fun participating in the movie.
Note: These vegies are cheaper and better served in season (summertime), but if the movie's given you a window of opportunity now, I say GO FOR IT.