Rainbow Veggie Ratatouille with Pesto

Rainbow Veggie Ratatouille

Serves 2

I admit it; recently I have started to feel just a little bit bored with my same old rota of veggies.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore vegetables but had gotten somewhat stuck in a ‘sides’ rut and fancied doing something a bit different. But with the kids STILL off school, different couldn’t mean tricky or time-consuming.  So in true multi-tasking style, I got my little minions to work in chopping the vegetables! Side note – I just bought some new kiddie friendly knives and they absolutely love playing sous-chef.  Amused kids + help with dinner = winning at life.  

I instantly fell in love with many things about this dish. And since I’m an innate list-maker, I thought my new veggie meal deserved a list of its very own!

·      At the very top just has to be the fact that it was so delicious! The melted mozzarella, the roasted veggies and the flavourful pesto were a total dream combination.
·      It is so darn pretty!  Which is one of the reasons that it makes a great dinner party option.  It can be prepped in advance in individual dishes and just popped in the oven when the time comes for fuss-free entertaining.
·      It is very versatile.  It can either be a veggie-filled vegan side dish or can become a vegetarian main meal by adding cheese and giving it more of a Melanzane Parmiagiana feel.  You can also substitute the pesto topping for a rich tomato sauce, giving you more variety depending on what kind of saucy mood you’re in!
·      It is packed with a rainbow of brightly-coloured antioxidant-rich vegetables.  Colour is nature’s way if advertising a food’s inherent “goodness” and this provides a whole host of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which are all crucial for optimal health and wellbeing.

One portion (with mozzarella) provides 328 calories, 15g of protein, 25% of my daily fibre and over half of my Vitamin C requirements.


·      2 Medium Courgettes
·      1 Red Onion
·      1 Aubergine (or 3 baby ones)
·      2 Big Vine Tomatoes
·      125g Mozzarella
·      3-4 tbsp Pesto OR Tomato Sauce
·      Handful of fresh Basil
·      Salt and Fresh Black Pepper 


·      Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
·      Slice all of the vegetables into round circles.
·      Finely chop the basil leaves.
·      Nestle the veggies tightly together in a dish.
·      Brush with olive oil and season with a little salt and fresh black pepper.
·      Sprinkle with the basil leaves and spoon over the pesto (or tomato sauce).
·      Bake in the oven for between 30-45 minutes (depending on whether you are using individual roasting dishes or one big one).
·      Serve immediately.


Calories – 328
Protein – 15g
Carbohydrates – 17g
Fat – 24g
Fibre – 6g
Vitamin C – 51%
Vitamin A – 19%
Iron – 6%