{Recipe} Super Flavorful Slow Cooked Ratatouille with Quinoa {Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo}

My husband was bringing so many zucchinis from the garden that I was running out of ideas to use them. I decided to create a twist on traditional ratatouille. This one is slow cooked, has chickpeas in it, and develops an addictive flavor with the addition of smoked paprika. I couldn’t stop myself from getting seconds and thirds, and mopping up the delicious, vibrant juices with more quinoa. I usually only cook with seasonal ingredients, but this is one recipe I never mind making in the winter! I’ve tried many slow cookers, and my absolute favorite is this one, by KitchenAid.

Super Flavorful Slow Cooked Ratatouille with Quinoa {JoannaSteven.com}

Ingredients

  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 1 large onion, diced small
  • 1 large head garlic, about 6 large cloves, halved (or more!)
  • 1 large eggplant, cubed
  • 2-3 medium zucchinis
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Pinch salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 14-oz can chickpeas, organic
  • 1 14-oz can fire-roasted tomatoes, organic
  • 1/4 cup basil to finish

Instructions

  1. Place your 5 qt slow cooker to your side.
  2. In a large pan, heat a little olive oil, and saute the onions and garlic until golden. Add to the slow
  3. cooker.
  4. Next, in more olive oil, saute the eggplant until warm but not fully cooked. You just want to give it a little color. Add to the slow cooker.
  5. Repeat with the zucchini.
  6. In the slow cooker, add the herbs and spices, tomatoes, and chickpeas.
  7. Cover, and cook for about 5 hours, or until fully cooked and tender. You can keep the slow cooker
  8. going for longer if it's not dinner time yet.
  9. Before serving, taste for salt, and add thinly slices basil ribbons. Give it a stir, and serve with quinoa.
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About Joanna Steven is an Amazon best-selling author, an attachment parenting mom to 2 boys, and a lover of food. Her mission is to inspire mothers and make their life easier so they feel nurtured, nourished, and better able to raise children in a peaceful way. She regularly updates her blog with delicious, wholesome recipes, and lifestyle tips for moms seeking to live motherhood to the fullest.

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