Every once in awhile I get in a side dish rut. I usually have my proteins on lock down, but the side dishes are the real hard part! This past summer when the weather would be too hot for cooking, it was all too easy to whip out our favorite bagged salad to toss together with a side of grilled chicken or steak and call it good. But now that it's winter and we actually need to fire up the oven, things get a little challenging!
I kid I kid. It's really not hard whatsoever to throw together an easy side dish. The problem, though, is not difficulty; it's inspiration!
My go-tos are usually Blasted Broccoli or Roasted Garlic Green Beans. Essentially any vegetable that's roasted. You simply cannot go wrong! But lately I've been feeling the urge to fill up my plate with vegetables a different way.
That's when I was reminded of the ever-so classic ratatouille method. I remember when I had ratatouille for the first time, actually. I was in London studying abroad for the summer and staying with a host family; a single mom and her daughter. The mom loved the cook and especially loved to cook meals that were healthy, thrifty and hearty. Essentially, she was my kind of woman.
She whipped up ratatouille one night with some sort of protein that I cannot remember at all, which tells you everything right there. Ratatouille is so comforting, so memorable, that you hardly need anything else at all to go with it. It's really the star of the show!