Build a Healthy Meal "Farmers' Market Meals" Easy Ratatouille

Louisiana Healthcare Connections and the LSU AgCenter have teamed up to produce the video series ‘Build a Healthy Meal.’ We’ll show you how to make easy, tasty and healthy recipes for the whole family using low-cost ingredients that can be found in your local dollar store or grocery store.

In this segment, LSU AgCenter Area Nutrition Agent and registered dietitian Bertina Mcghee demonstrates how to make easy ratatouille. Ratatouille is stewed vegetables that is a nutritious side dish. It can be served with any meal to add a variety of colors and flavors! The best part of this dish is that many of the ingredients can be purchased at your local farmers’ market. Buying fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season means they will be at the best price and will have the best taste!

Easy Ratatouille


  • 1 large eggplant, peeled, diced into ¼ to ½ inch pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled, chopped into ¼ inch pieces
  • 2 zucchinis, diced into ¼ to ½ inch pieces, or use two cups of frozen zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper, cored, seeded, diced into ¼ inch pieces
  • 3 ½ cups canned, diced tomatoes, low-sodium, including the juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon creole seasoning


  • Wash vegetables thoroughly.
  • Peel, chop and dice all vegetables.
  • Start by heating the oil in a large stock pot over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and bell pepper. Cook until they are clear or translucent in color, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes. Also add the seasonings including thyme, oregano, basil and creole seasoning.
  • Stir all ingredients together. Reduce the heat, cover and let simmer for 30-45 minutes. Serve this side dish with any source of lean protein, brown rice and fresh fruit to round out your healthy meal!

Serves: 8 – 10

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes Source: What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl

Food Safety Tips:

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • If serving this dish with meat, remember to avoid cross-contamination by cleaning all surfaces, utensils, and hands after handling raw meat.

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About Louisiana Healthcare Connections

Established to deliver quality healthcare through local, regional and community-based partners, Louisiana Healthcare Connections is a Healthy Louisiana Plan headquartered in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana Healthcare Connections exists to improve the health of its members through focused, compassionate and coordinated care. Because Louisiana Healthcare Connections believes healthy is a way of life, its members benefit from programs and services designed for personal well-being. For more information, visit

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