This Easy Green Shakshuka with Pesto is a recipe that we cooked on repeat whilst we were on holidays and I thought I would share it with you this week!! This recipe is also a one-pan-wonder. Usually, shakshuka still needs to be put into the oven in order to be finished off. I found a trick to avoid this, as we did not have an oven whilst we were traveling: You simply add a lid on top of the eggs whilst they are cooking. That way, they are baking through without the oven. But, they tend to turn a bit more white on top where the yolk usually is though (as you can see in the pics).
You might be wondering – what is shakshuka? Shakshuka is said to have come from Indonesia and allows eggs to be gently poached in a tomato and red pepper sauce. I posted a recipe like this back in my very first few months of blogging (still delicious, even though the pictures could need some updating). Check out my Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce. This recipe was also posted before I actually knew that it is really called “shakshuka” 🤣.
This “green” version combines delicious (green) vegetables with onion, a little bit of non-dairy milk, capers, and pesto. I am not sure whether you have seen it, but there is also a viral trend combining pesto with eggs at the moment going around on Instagram. That is because it is actually delicious and adds bucket loads of flavor to the dish 😍. I have used it for this recipe as well. Then you let all of it simmer in the pan with your eggs until they reach the desired consistency. I wanted mine “done” today, but you could poach them a bit less, of course.
Why is this Easy Green Shakshuka with Pesto good for you?
Zucchini / Courgette
I have not raved about this green goddess in a while. I absolutely love zucchini (called courgette in the States). They are ripe this time of the year and belong to the summer squash family, which, technically, makes it a fruit. Zucchinis can range in color from yellow to dark green and are loaded with nutrients. They contain vitamins A, C, and K, as well as manganese, magnesium, potassium, folate, copper, and phosphorus. Zucchinis are high in water content, which is beneficial for our digestive tract. They also contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. These types of fiber are beneficial to our gut. Insoluble fiber bulks up the stool and allows for easy elimination. Soluble fiber provides feeding ground for good-gut bacteria, which in turn produce short-chain fatty acids that nourish your gut cells.
Of course, zucchinis are also loaded with antioxidants, mainly the carotenoid type. I cannot stress this enough but antioxidants are so important for our bodies. They combat free radicals in our body, which can lead to oxidative stress if we are not keeping the number of free radicals in balance. Oxidative stress is the precursor to many if not all Western diseases – you are basically over-inflaming and over-damaging your body. Each antioxidant has a slightly different profile and “job” it does in the body. This is where the term “Eat the Rainbow” has been coined. It allows you to get different nutrients, minerals, and antioxidant profiles into your body. The antioxidant content in zucchinis appears to be highest in the skin, which is why it should also be consumed.
As one final point, I wanted to mention that the fiber found in zucchinis appears to be contributing to lower blood sugar levels. This has been particularly the case in people with type 2 diabetes. It is also super good for your heart health. Pectin, a type of fiber found in zucchinis, has been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol levels. Lowered “bad” cholesterol levels – and thereby total cholesterol levels, is excellent for your heart.
How can I adjust this Easy Green Shakshuka with Pesto to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. Due to the nuts used in pesto, it is not nut-free, and due to the eggs used, it is also not vegan. However, you can make this recipe paleo by simply using a paleo-approved pesto, as well as paleo-approved bread (should you want to add bread).
Other Veggie Loaded Breakfasts on the Blog
There are so many delicious, veggie-loaded breakfast/brunches on the blog!! If you enjoy this one, be sure to also check out:
- Gluten-free Vegetable Frittata
- Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Frosting
- Five Minute Vegan Egg Scramble
- Spicy Breakfast Bowl
- Breakfast Tortillas
And that is it for this week 🥰. I hope you enjoy this absolute deliciousness of an Easy Green Shakshuka with Pesto as nice as we do at home. It truly has become a staple in our household (P.S. you can also eat it in the evening 😉. As always, please let me know what you think by either commenting below and/or rating the recipe. I look forward to hearing from you!!