Pack it Up

My sisters and I all had our contributions for our Easter dinner this year…making my Mom very excited that all she had to prepare was dessert! For my two dishes, I went with a fresh and colorful theme. Very spring-like! 

The new experiment I tried out came courtesy of the new “Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious and Guilt Free Recipes on the Planet” cookbook.

What makes this book slightly different than HG’s (AKA Lisa Lillien) previous two cookbooks, among other things, is its inclusion of more recipes made with whole, natural foods. One immediately caught my eye: The Rat(atouille) Pack!

You’ll have to grab a copy of the book to get the complete recipe, but I’ll give you a sneak peek of my stab at the foil packed fun.

First, we (well, my Mom helped with the prep work too, besides the pie) chopped the vegetables and herbs into chunks and dumped them into a large bowl.

Next, add a couple tomato-based items and seasonings to spice things up a bit!

Mix ingredients well so that all of the vegetables are coated in tomato mixture. Pull out a large piece of foil and dumb the veggie mixture right in the middle.

Wrap the contents burrito-style so that the juices and steam will be held inside while cooking.

Pop the packet on a baking sheet (just in case the foil package isn’t foolproof) and bake for about 30 minutes in the oven. Open up for a savory and extremely tasty vegetable dish. The packets really hold in the flavor!

My other contribution cam from the produce section as well—a springy fruit salad. Yum!

I packed my plate with good portions of both, as well as a bit of ciabatta, and enjoyed a fiber-filled, wholesome meal. In the future, I’d like to try adding beans (such as chickpeas or black beans) or lean meat (such as grilled chicken or turkey) to the ratatouille for a protein punch! 

When you have a dinner party or family holiday meal, do you have a go-to dish? If so, what is it?

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