Cat-a-tooie

din din is served!

din din is served!

FYI I now have a whole site dedicated to low carb meals over at LowCarbKitty.com!

I attempted to make ratatouille the other day in the pressure cooker. It came out OK – I ate it over cauliflower-rice. I’ll post the recipe here in case you want to try it, but note my modifications.

Took the ratatouille and served it in a baked acorn squash – now THAT was very tasty. Also had parmesean encrusted tilapia and Chinese broccoli (complete with lil flowers!) sauteed in rice vinegar and garlic. NOMMAGE!!!!

I re-appropriated the recipe from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pressure Cooking. Mom gave me this book (and The Pressure Cooker cookbook) along with the pressure cooker. I scoffed but honestly, this book is way better than the other one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 1 zuchinni
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 1 eggplant
  • 3 cups of chicken or beef stock
  • 1 daikon radish
  • Onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley

Directions:
1. Slice up eggplant, lay on paper towels and sprinkle salt on the slices to ‘sweat’ out any bitterness. Let them hang out for at least 30 minutes. Wipe off the sweat n’ salt with a paper towel and chop up into 2″ pieces.

2. While making your eggplant sweat it out in fear of the impending knife that will ultimately chop them up, show them what is to come by cutting up the squashes, tomatos, and radish into cubes.

3. Place pressure cooker pot on stove top and set to medium heat – sautee onion and garlic in olive oil. Set aside.

4. Sautee chopped eggplant and other veggies (might have to do this in a few batches) for about 3 minutes.

5. Dump all veggies (including garlic, parsley and onions) into the pot. Put in at least 1 cup of chicken broth.

6. Secure lid according to manufacturer’s instructions. When the pot is ‘pressurized’ (on my ghetto pot, that means the knob starts rocking back and forth), time it for three minutes. Quick release (or again, on ghetto pot, run under cold water in the sink) and open.

So yeah. What came out was sort of ‘soggy veggie’ pile. I realized after the fact that squashes have a lot of water content. After serving it on top of the cauliflower rice, it was pretty good (eggplant gives it a nice, sweet taste).

So here is what I would change if I make this again:
-Add more spices, like rosemary. Parsley is dumb and has no flavor.
-Add LESS stock – 3 cups was just way too much. It was VERY soupy. I strained it all out. I’ll try again with one cup.
-Use beef stock – mmmmm beef stock is just so much tastier than chicken stock.
-Add sausage, a nice spicy flavorful sausage.

Anything else you can suggest?

8 net carbs per serving. Parsley is dumb.

8 net carbs per serving. Parsley is dumb.


3 thoughts on “Cat-a-tooie

  1. One reminder, if you’re not making your own, be sure to pick a good stock. I recently read the ingredients on a can of generic chicken broth as well as beef broth, and wow, there’s a lot of junk in there. Some of the brand name versions were much more of what one would expect, but the store brand had all kinds of additives.

    • You are SO correct. Since going low carb, I’ve become a nutrition label nazi. So I reached for the Swanson (recognizable brand), started looking at the nutrition label and was like WTF??? I can’t remember the exact brands I have been using, but they are not the ‘mainstream’ ones and are not in ‘easy reach’ on the shelf, and probably cost another dollar or two, but man – much better for you.

      AND NOW I have a pressure cooker, time to make MY OWN BROTH!!!!

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