by Emily Lee in Healthy Recipes, July 14, 2014
by Michelle Buffardi in Healthy Recipes, July 14, 2011
Would the French approve of some of these lighter twists on their greatest culinary hits? Would Julia Child? Maybe not. But in honor of Bastille Day, let’s just say, vive la différence — and la deliciousness.
Light Nicoise Salad (above, from Food Network Magazine)
Chock-full of olives, bell peppers, plump cherry tomatoes and chunks of tuna fish, this Riviera staple hints that the French have known a little something about healthy eating all along.
- Put Ellie's Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille on your French-inspired Bastille Day menu.
Today is a day of celebration for the French, known as Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration). If you’ll be celebrating the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, or just happen to be craving some French fare, fear not, there are plenty of healthy French options — it’s not all butter, cream and escargots.
Fête on This:
Ratatouille: Not to be confused with the popular Disney movie about the little Remy-the-rat who dreams of becoming a chef, ratatouille-the-dish hails from Provence and is composed of eggplant, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, garlic and herbs—all simmered in olive oil. Ratatouille can be served hot, cold or at room temperature, either as a side dish or as an appetizer with bread or crackers. If you keep the oil in check, ratatouille is a healthy way to eat up the produce that’s just begun to flood the markets. Ellie Krieger’s version is light on the oil so the calories are few; it makes a hearty side dish or colorful vegetarian main.
Try: Ellie Krieger’s Grilled Ratatouille Salad (pictured above)