Ratatouille is normally served as a main dish but here it's served with pita chips and enjoyed as an appetizer. It's made in the slow cooker so if you're serving it at a party just leave it in the cooker on warm while your guests dig in!
Stir together tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, and bell pepper in a 4-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on High for 1 hour. Stir in thyme, garlic powder, and ground pepper. Turn to Low and cook for 30 minutes more.
Using a potato masher, crush the vegetable mixture to a chunky consistency. Stir in Parmesan. Stir occasionally while serving with pita chips.
Equipment: 4-quart slow cooker
1 vegetable, 1/2 fat, 1/2 starch