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Put Produce on Your Plate

  • Written by Family Features

Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables every day? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans should fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables.  Most people don’t come near that amount.

In fact, nearly 90 percent of Americans fall short of the recommended daily servings of vegetables and 80 percent fall short of daily fruit servings. But it’s easier – and more delicious – than you might think to make food choices that can help your whole family live a healthier lifestyle.

Vegetables

Ratatouille

Serves: 6 to 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

6     tablespoons olive oil

1    pound yellow onion, chopped

3    cloves garlic, crushed

1    pound zucchini, chopped

1    pound yellow squash, chopped

1    pound green pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch cubes

1/2 pound red bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch cubes

1/2 pound yellow bell pepper, chopped in 1/2- inch cubes

1    whole bay leaf

3/4 cup tomato juice

1    teaspoon Italian seasoning

1     teaspoon red pepper flakes

1    teaspoon dried basil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 pound ripe tomato, seeded, skinned and chopped

In one large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and sauté onions for 5 minutes. Add garlic, reduce heat to low.

In another large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, sauté zucchini until brown. Add browned zucchini to skillet with onions and garlic, toss.

In empty skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, sauté yellow squash until brown. Add browned yellow squash to pan with onions, garlic and zucchini. Repeat process with all remaining vegetables, except tomatoes.

When vegetables are done and in same skillet, increase heat to high. Add spices and tomato juice and stir. Bring to slight boil.

Cook uncovered on low for 20 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook 10 minutes. Stir and serve.

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