Special Diet - Created Date : 23.8.2019
Sheet Pan Baked Ratatouille Recipe with Rosemary Chicken
This easy baked ratatouille sheet pan meal is perfect for late summer produce. Ready in under 40 minutes and kid friendly, this Ratatouille with Rosemary Baked Chicken is ready in under 40 minutes and your children will love trying this Cinderella inspired recipe!
I hate to admit it, but even though I am supposed to be a “family weeknight meals” food blogger, some days my kids can be totally stubborn about trying something new. Yes, we have had many evenings where my kids have cried, gagged, choked, and sat there until their food was gross and cold because they wouldn’t even try a single bite. It’s totally infuriating. And irritating.
And it makes me want to yell and scream – because HELLO! How am I supposed to share this awesomely gorgeous and delicious meals that I totally love and tell everyone its perfect for families if my children are sitting at the table acting like I am feeding them poisoned rat livers? UGH!
Unfortunately we don’t all have a fairy godmother who will swoop in, sing a fun song, wave her magic wand and transform our stubborn and picky eaters into little foodies who eat and love every bite (doesn’t that just sound amazing, though?). However, I do have something that is second best!
Welcome to the Eat Like A Princess Series!
I designed this series as a fun way to teach my daughters about new cultures through the classic Princesses in hopes that they will become more open to trying new foods, to understand other cultures better, and to enjoy exploring the world around them. All while still:
The Original Story of Cinderella
Everyone is familiar with the Cinderella story, and it is one that girls everywhere love to love.
I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of a regular girl who works hard and dreams big to one day catch a lucky break (hello, fairy godmother) and meet the prince of her dreams – who of course falls madly in love with her? I mean… yeah…
The versions of this tale that we are most used to today are fashioned around the late 1800’s, based on the fact that –
the ball gowns have crinolines (the structured petticoat) and/or are bustled
the men are all wearing military style jackets as formal wear
As to where this movie supposedly takes place, well – that’s a bit harder. From the research that I did (yes, I did research, and it was just as ridiculous as you can imagine), this story as we know it today gets most of its references from either French or German culture – making me guess that it is probably a small country along the border of the two.
I decided to model this Cinderella inspired recipe after more of a French type recipe than a German one (mainly because I have more typically German recipes coming later in the series and also because Cinderella is derived from the French word Cendrillon, which in English translates to “little ash girl”).
What is Ratatouille?
Typically Ratatouille was more of a peasant dish from the south of France, and something that was cooked on the stovetop. Through time it has evolved into a more complicated dish – often with each vegetable receiving an olive oil bath before being cooked to perfection individually, and taking about two hours from start to finish.
That’s all well and great, and once upon a time I would have taken the extra care to do all the steps perfectly. However, I do not have a fairy godmother at my disposal.
I have hungry children and busy nights – so I have simplified this Cinderella inspired recipe to be under 40 minutes and to also include some easy baked chicken.
This easy sheet pan meal magically transforms everyday garden veggies and herbs into a perfectly roasted, aromatic, and melt-in-your-mouth comfort food. Guaranteed to whisk any princess off her feet!
**Note: This recipe is not intended to be 100% authentic. Cinderella is a fictional character, from a fictional land, and this recipe was created by me. This recipe is intended to be easy enough that children can help you prepare it and hopefully enjoy it. It is supposed to be a fun way to get kids interested in eating veggies, not an authentic recipe. It is my hope that it is interesting enough to pique their interest in new cultures and foods without being too intense or weird.
How do you make simple ratatouille?
This simple baked ratatouille recipe is easy to make!
Slice the veggies into bite sized pieces.
Toss the veggies in olive oil and fresh chopped herbs and place on a sheet pan.
Roast for 20 minutes
Place the sliced chicken tenders on the sheet pan
Roast for an additional 15 minutes.
What Vegetables can you put in Ratatouille?
Ratatouille is a great recipe to use those extra end of summer produce. Typical ingredients include zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and fresh herbs.
Get your Kids in the Kitchen:
Children aged 0-3 can help you get the thyme and rosemary ready, help drizzle on olive oil, toss the veggies, add salt and pepper, and set the table.
Children aged 4-7 can help you cut up the zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, and tomatoes and can carefully (with supervision) place the rosemary sprigs on the chicken.
Children aged 8-12 can help you do all the above plus season the chicken breasts.
Sheet Pan Ratatouille with Rosemary Chicken for Cinderella – Eat Like A Princess
This easy sheet pan meal is perfect for late summer produce. This Ratatouille with Rosemary Baked Chicken is ready in under 40 minutes and your children will love trying a recipe that Cinderella would have enjoyed!
Jenni lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her amazing husband, two girls, two dogs who think they are children, and a feisty cat. She is the creator of The Gingered Whisk, a recipe blog dedicated to finding easy, healthy-ish, and tasty weeknight meals that kids and adults alike will love. She is super passionate about helping every member of a family learn to love great food. When not cooking, eating, or thinking about food, she is often hiking around area parks, creating intricate legos castles with her girls, watching nerdy tv with her husband, or curled up in a corner somewhere reading a good book.
I love your princess series recipes! Such a fun and great idea and I’m definitely going to borrow it for when my daughter is older. The recipe looks delicious, healthy, and easy. Perfect for adults and kids!
Find a Recipe:
Welcome to The Gingered Whisk
My name is Jenni, and I'm an Iowa mama of three. I am passionate about raising kids who are adventurous eaters through quick and healthy weeknight meals inspired by global cuisine! Forget bland "kid food" in cutesy shapes, this is the food you crave!
The Best Healthy Fast Food Options
Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.
Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.
In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.
Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.
Sandwich with cheese and vegetables
One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.
Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.
Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.
A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.
Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.
Fast food and diabetes: Tips and options
Fast food and diabetes: Tips and options
Are you having trouble finding a fast-food option for living with diabetes and occasional treatment? We can help you.
2. Taco Bell
Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.
According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.
One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.
Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.
Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.
Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.
Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.
For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.
McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.
Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.
5. Burger King
Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.
It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.
BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.
Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate
Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.
Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.
The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.
Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.
With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes