Ratatouille (pronounced rat-uh-TOO-ee) is a very healthy and low-fat summer vegetable stew. The perfection of ratatouille lies in the simplicity of the wholesome and fresh ingredients. It can be enjoyed as a main dish served over rice with some good crusty bread or you can enjoy as a side dish with a meat or fish entree. The most common ingredients for this stew are onions, garlic, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and tomatoes. You could also add in additional vegetables from your garden to enjoy in this stew. Ratatouille is a classic Provencal French vegetable stew recipe. Originating in the 18th Century in the Provencal region of Nice, it is known as a peasants stew created by poor farmers that needed to use up the harvest of the fresh summer vegetables that had ripened all at once and were ready to eat from the garden. Learn more interesting history on the post!