Have you ever had Ratatouille? I tried it and like it before the name-sake movie released. For several years in fact.
All Ratatouille is vegetarian, but this this version of mine has meat in it. Hence the Turkey Burger in the title. 🙂
Most people haven’t tried it and when they did, they found it boring, possibly. But I like to jazz mine up a bit. This is one version of my Ratatouille that I like to use the crock-pot with. I will show you how to do it with out the ol’ crock soon.
I love the versatility of this dish. At it’s very core it was a peasant dish, as the movie suggested. But as you might have noted in the movie, it can become amazing. Technically it is also a soup. This crock-pot version is just that.
When I make it on the stove top I tend to make it as a side dish or casserole. It is amazing any way you make it.
Ratatouille is so good for you too. You have great non-starchy veggies that boast great flavor when paired this way. All of them loaded with a lot of needed vitamins and minerals. What do you get from these amazing veggies?
Check it out:
- Eggplant – loaded with potassium, also used in China medicinally for female “issues”
- Zucchini – Iron, vitamin K, and zinc
- Bell Peppers- Vitamin C, E and 6 carotenoids
- Onions – are you kidding… look at this: fiber, vitamin C, B6, calcium, folate, potassium, iron, zinc, quercitin, sulfur compounds, chromium
- Tomatoes – vitamin C, vitamin K and lycopene
Everyone of these veggies have a ton more vitamins and minerals but these are the big guys. What a simple way to nourish your body.
- 1.5 - 2 lbs of 99% lean ground turkey
- 2 medium sized eggplants
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 green bell peppers
- 2 zucchini
- 1 onion
- 1 qt. home canned tomatoes
- 4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 garlic (powder or fresh)
- (all herbs are dry)
- 1/2 tbs thyme
- 1/2 basil
- 2 tsp rosemary
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp paprika
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl place you turkey burger. Season this with all of the herbs and seasoning except the salt and pepper.
- Mix well with your hands. Set aside.
- Slice and chop eggplant (as shown in the pictures below) into 1x1/2 inch pieces approximately.
- Place the eggplant in the bottom of the crock-pot insert. Sprinkle 2 tsp of salt on the eggplant and mix well with your hands to evenly distribute.
- Chop 1 of each color bell pepper and 1 zucchini into 1 inch pieces. Place on top of the eggplant.
- Chop onion. Place 1/2 of the onion on the last layer.
- Now chop the rest of the veggies and place them on top of that layer.
- Sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper.
- Add to the crock-pot the canned tomatoes.
- Sprinkle the turkey burger all over the top of the veggies. It may fill your crock-pot completely. It's ok. It will cook.
- Place the lid on the crock-pot and turn the temperature to high.
- Cook on high for 3.5-4 hours.
- Remove lid and break up the meat while stirring.
- Add sea salt and pepper to taste here or as each one prefers at the table.
- Serve and enjoy!
- *If you'e like to cook this on low it will take about 6-8 hours. You can totally do that!
- **I like to layer the food this way because it helps the flavors meld beautifully. You can just throw it in at random. 😉
How does it work? Eggplant, when cooked this way and salted, will take on the flavors of the other veggies, seasonings and the meat.
That is why I layer the crock-pot the way I do. It spreads the love of the flavors. 🙂
Once the turkey is finished cooking, you’ll want to break it up a bit more with your spoon. You can turn down the heat to keep warm or turn it off.
The final product:
If you are following the Trim Healthy Mama this is a Fuel Pull based on the few onions and tomatoes spread throughout. If you choose to use a fattier meat then it would make an S meal. If you add more tomatoes and onions or some grains it can be an E.
P.S. This recipe should have been posted long ago. It belongs with Menu 1 where I combine a GAPS Stage 5 with THM.
Do you have any amazing crock -pot recipes to share? Place a link (if you have one) in the comments. I love to use my crock-pot!
Shared at Vegetarian Mama Gluten Free Fridays