Ratatoullie made my way is incredibly delicious, ever so nutritious and incredibly simple to prepare. It has everything going for it and makes it into my collection of simple nutritious meals!
This recipe makes 8 serves.
- 1 pound/500 gm extra lean ground beef
- 2 onions, chopped small
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped finely
- 1 tbs good quality rice bran oil
- 1 medium sized aubergine or egg plant, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 large red bell peppers, cut chunky
- 1 generous tb dried oregano
- 1 generous tbs dried rosemary
- 1 can/ 400gm/ 3/4 pound tomatoes
- 2 vegetable stock cubes
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 tbs paprika
- 2 small chillies, sliced very finely
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 8 eggs
Here's how to put this recipe together:
- Preheat the oven to 440F/ 220C
- Using a non-stick frypan, fry the garlic and onions till fragrant and add in the meat. Fry till the meat is browned.
- Pour in the oil and toss in the diced aubergine.
- Toss in all the seasoning and fry a little combining the mixture well. Add water as necessary so that the mixture is not dry.
- When the egg plant starts to soften, add in the can of diced tomatoes and chunks of bell peppers
- Cover with the lid and leave to simmer for about 20 minutes till the sauce thickens.
- Pour the mixture into two rectangular oven proof dishes. Each dish will serve 4 persons.
- Make 4 shallow wells into each meat mixture and crack an egg into each well.
- Place in the oven for 25 minutes, till the eggs are beautifully cooked.
Serve with rice and fresh greens
While this recipe is ever so uncomplicated, there will be readers who are new to cooking, so I've prepared a step by step photo tutorial so that you can see what the meal should look like at each stage. Just click on the picture of the ingredients to take you to the tutorial.
To make this a vegetarian meal, omit the ground beef and add another large aubergine together with 1 pound each of red kidney beans and white beans.
The addition of the egg gives a lovely contrast in colors, but bake it for only for as long as it suits you. We like our yolks cooked, so 25 minutes was about right, but reduce the time if your family prefers their yolks runny.
To extend this meal for another night or if you have visitors dropping by, toss in a can of beans. It's even more delicious the next evening.
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