First stop; we checked into Tuscany with our Tuscan Peasant Soup. Next stop we’re crossing the border to Nice, France for an all-time favourite; Ratatouille! This hearty and healthy dish is perfect for boosting your metabolism, maintaining brain function, focus, and your energy levels. Eggplant and zucchini are both high in Vitamin B. Vitamin B6 is important in the regulation of blood glucose and in the creation of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins that form muscle cells. They work to convert fats and carbohydrates into usable fuel for the body to burn, which is why this Ratatouille recipe is perfect for building muscle, improving your fitness and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 red capsicums, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped

Notes: Parsley or basil are suitable herbs to garnish and add fresh zest to this side dish.
Serve with pan-fried sirloin steaks or barbecued lamb chops.


Heat oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add capsicum and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until capsicum has softened.
Meanwhile, chop eggplant and diagonally slice zucchini.
Add eggplant and zucchini. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until vegetables have just softened.
Add vinegar and tomato. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until vinegar has evaporated.
Add ¼ cup cold water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
Simmer, covered for 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender and sauce is thick. Serve.

Serves: 4