Let’s be honest – when summer rolls around, I get lazy with cooking. When I’d rather stroll outside than sweat in the kitchen, I fancy simple dishes like Shakshuka that yield delicious results. One pot, one casual hour of stirring, and tons of forgivability. Don’t have the exact amount of garlic? Forget the cumin? Only have 4 eggs instead of 6? That is quite alright. It will still taste amazing. As a thick stew of rich, fragrant tomatoes with soft-boiled eggs, Shakshuka is the ultimate breakfast.
I love to serve this as a no-hassle, tasty, and healthful brunch item when friends come over. Shakshuka is impressively flavorful and hearty without the fuss, so I can get on with making actually intensive food. (Like homemade grissini. Wow, never again.)
Also, I feel great about serving this dish to loved ones for brunch because it’s nutrient-dense and seasonal. Tomatoes multiply their lycopene when cooked, and they’re even better when you buy them now during summer. Other produce that’s wildly in season can be thrown in the pot, too: swiss chard, mustard greens, and spinach – which only add to the tomatoes’ Vitamin C content. In addition to Shakshuka’s tasty in-season plants, it offers eggs for non-fried protein.
After reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, I heartily recommend checking out your farmers market for beauties grown in your area. Not only do greenmarkets yield astonishingly fresh produce and protein, but they support your local farmers, diminish greenhouse gas usage, and are sometimes cheaper than the supermarket. If you’re curious about how our food system works, check out this sweet infographic for a quick rundown. If you’re game for a longer read, I recommend Pollan’s book. Between reading his account and joining a Brooklyn CSA, I always try to buy my vegetables, fruit, and herbs seasonally and locally; it’s easier on my environment, health, and pocketbook.
I hope you enjoy every bit of this savory meal and the rest of summer. I’ve got a slew of plans for more tomatoes and end-of-season produce. What’s on your seasonal bucket list?