A vegetable stew that doesn’t have vermin…

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at least that’s what Dad said was the clue on jeopardy the other night… the answer? Ratatouille!

 

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Jeopardy should have included the fact that this dish takes a lifetime to make. Well, not really, but it did take a few hours. It’s a lot of chopping, dicing, sautéing, and stewing. Not a dish to make when pressed for time, but it’s worth every moment that you put in to it.

My ratatouille included tomatoes, eggplant, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, squash, and red and yellow bell peppers. After feeling deprived of veggies all week, this more than made up for it.

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After the first bite, I was smiling just as much as Mister Chesh here. 🙂
I’m very excited for all the leftovers I can enjoy this week.

I did mention though that it’s not a dish to make when pressed for time. About halfway through, I realized I was behind schedule on making a main dish for another family member who wouldn’t eat the ham that was prepared for the big family dinner. I had to scramble.

A couple posts ago I mentioned the SparkPeople site that I’d be using to eat healthier and keep track of what I eat. SparkPeople also hosts a site called SparkRecipes which provides simple, healthy recipes – which is where I snatched the idea for my quick and easy fix.

A spicy sun dried tomato chicken spaghetti – sounds strange, I know, but I love love LOVE sun dried tomatoes and they blended really well with the chicken, crushed tomatoes, and some spicy seasoning.

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Even though I made it specifically for another family member, I couldn’t go without trying a bite myself. 🙂 yum yum

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That’s all for the food, but that wasn’t the end of my creations for the night. After dinner, I pulled out some clay and started making more faces to be painted for the “Harlot Hangers”. I had a little bit leftover, and I ended up throwing together this little gnome guy. Stay tuned to see how they look once they get all painted up.

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About creativechronicle

I enjoy crafting with all kinds of mediums, and I also love to cook. I use my blog as a method of remembering all the creative projects I constantly have going on as well as memorable meals and personal rants. I also have a wonderful Mister who is always assisting in these projects and many adorable furbabies who pretend to help.

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