Today’ s ratatouille dish is inspired by American Girl 2015 Girl of The Year- Grace Thomas. Grace is an adorable brunette doll with a side bang, beautiful blue eyes and freckles. She has a passion for baking, dreams of opening her own bakery, gets an amazing opportunity to visit France and she is available now until the end of the year. I am so excited to add her to our American Girl doll collection. With her arrival we were inspired to make a simple variation of a French dish in her honor- Ratatouille, which is basically a vegetable stew. Kids will take more of an interest in vegetables that they have helped prepare, and if you have a little girl who is mad about Grace use it to your advantage and play up the French aspect. I think Grace would approve of this healthy and flavorful French dish!
This recipe builds cutting skills and I pre-scored the soft veggies for her to try and keep them relatively the same thickness. The knife and cutting board that came with our Curious Chef 5 Piece Pizza Kit is perfect for soft veggies. Safe, comfortable,and manageable for little hands it is a great addition to our kitchen tools. Demonstrate to your child how to hold the vegetables opposite of where they are cutting with fingers tucked in, careful movements with knife.
Here is our inspired by Grace Thomas, her love of cooking and her time in Paris, Ratatouille recipe!
Kid-Friendly Ratatouille Recipe
1 yellow squash
1 sweet onion
14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp. +1 Tbsp.. grated Parmesan
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dried basil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp. pepper
Go ahead and pull out everything you are going to need down to spices before starting so you don’t have to walk away from little during prep to grab something. A handy basket works to keep everything together and out of the way.
Preheat oven to 350°
Coat an 11″x 7″ pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut eggplant, zucchini, squash, and onion into thin slices.
Toss all vegetables, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, olive oil , basil, garlic and pepper together in a large bowl until well mixed.
Pour mixture into pan.
Top with additional 1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes.
What do you think of 2015 Girl of The Year Grace? Isn’t she a cutie? And don’t you think your kids will love our Grace-inspired Ratatouille recipe?
Click here to print the ratatouille-recipe-card– or click the recipe card image and it will bring you right to the download of the pdf for it. Bon appetit!
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- 1 eggplant
- 1 zucchini
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 sweet onion
- 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp. +1 Tbsp.. grated Parmesan
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp. pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Coat an 11×7 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut eggplant, zucchini, squash, and onion into thin slices.
- Toss all vegetables, parmesan, olive oil , basil, garlic and pepper together in a large bowl until well mixed.
- Pour mixture into pan.
- Top with additional Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
Thanks to American Girl for sending us Grace!