Shakshuka

I can’t believe I’ve never made this dish before – I have at least 3 cookbooks with similar recipes – it is a great weeknight meal. I made a few tweaks.

  • Olive oil
  • 3 – 4 jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • Salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 lbs ripe tomatoes or canned tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz goat cheese, sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • Pita bread or flatbread

Heat oven to 375.

Heat oil in an oven proof 12 inch skillet. Add peppers and onions with a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook stirring until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in spices and cook 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Cook partially covers until tomatoes are very soft and form a thick sauce, about 15 minutes. Stir in goat cheese. Crack eggs over the surface and bake for 7 – 10 minutes until eggs are just set. Serve with pita.

Serves 4.

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Lemon Chicken and Tomato Salad

Perfect end of summer salad!

4 heirloom tomatoes, sliced

2 large Buffalo mozzarella, torn in half

Pesto

Poached lemon chicken, sliced

2 tbsp lemon zest

3 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper

Lemon Chicken:

4 c chicken stock

1 lemon, sliced

4 sprigs thyme

1 tbsp peppercorns

4 chicken breasts

Place stock, lemon, thyme and pepper corns into a large pot and bring to a boil, add chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cover with a lid and let stand for 10 minutes.

Combine lemon zest, juice and olive oil in a small jar, shake to combine.

Divide tomato, mozzarella and mint between plates. Slice chicken and toss with dressing to coat. Drizzle with pesto. Divide amount plates and serve.

Serves 4.

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

These are pretty quick and serving them on heirloom tomatoes is so yummy! I froze mine before cooking – lesson learned the hard way in the past, don’t ask 🤣.

12 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed as dry as possible

1 1/2 c ricotta

1/2 c grated Parmesan

1 tbsp lemon zest

1 1/4 c flour

2 eggs

4 – 6 heirloom tomatoes, sliced thin

1/2 c Basil

salt and pepper

Olive oil

Toasted pine nuts

Combine spinach, ricotta, parm, zest, flour, and eggs in a bowl and mix well. Place on lightly floured surface and divide into to balls. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick rope, cut into 1/2 in pieces and place on a floured baking sheet.

Cook Gnocchi in a large saucepan of boiling salted. Gnocchi are done when they float.

Divide tomatoes among plates, top with Basil, Gnocchi and pine nuts – drizzle with a little olive oil.

Serves 4.

Eggplant Gratin

Another healthy late summer dish!

1 1/4 lb eggplant, sliced thin

1 lb tomato, sliced thin

Zest of one lemon

1 tsp Thyme

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

Pepper

1/4 c olive oil

4 oz goat cheese

1/2 c Panko

Preheat oven to 400.

In a large bowl combine eggplant, tomatoes, zest, thyme, garlic 1 tsp salt, pepper and 1/4 c olive oil.

Spray a gratin dish with olive oil. Layer veggies, dropping goat cheese as you go, make sure to end with veggies on top. Sprinkle with panko and drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil.

Bake for 45 min until golden brown.

Serves 4.

Burrata Caprese

Peaches, tomatoes, Basil and creamy burrata – oh yes!! And your are welcome!

3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

1/2 c packed Basil

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 c olive oil

6 oz burrata

2 peaches, sliced into wedges

1 lb tomatoes, cut into wedges

In a blender combine Basil, lemon juice, salt and 1/4 c oil. Purée until smooth.

Arrange peaches and tomatoes on a platter, place burrata in the middle, drizzle with olive oil, Basil oil and pine nuts.

Serves 4.

Smoky Kale and Haloumi Salad

A quick and filling salad – the smoked paprika really makes it special.

6 oz baby kale

4 oz haloumi, sliced thin

Croutons

2 tomatoes, quartered

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp olive oil

Combine lemon juice, paprika and olive oil in a small jar and shake.

Toss the kale and breadcrumbs in a bowl with dressing. Divide among plates. Add tomatoes.

Heat a non stick pan over medium heat and cook cheese until golden. Divide amount plates.

Serves 2.

Rice Bowl with Egg and Avocado

Super easy and healthy!

1 c brown rice, cooked

4 poached eggs

12 halves, slow roasted tomatoes (recipe below)

2 avocados, sliced

Basil salsa

Preheat oven to 350. Slice tomatoes in half, season with salt and pepper and spray with olive oil. Bake for 1 hour until browned and collapsed. You store in fridge for up to a week.

Place rice in the bottom of a bowl, top with tomatoes, Avocado, egg and drizzle with Basil salsa.

Serves 4.

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes & Burrata


Another Melissa Clark winner!

6 oz pasta
2 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
6 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp chile flakes
Salt
1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tbsp butter
4 oz grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz burrata or fresh mozzarella, torn
3 c torn herbs, such as basil, mint and parsley
6 green onions, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package. Drain and reserve ½ cup of cooking water.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tbsp olive oil along with garlic, chile flakes and a pinch of salt and cook 1 to 2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add tomatoes and cook 5 to 8 minutes, until they begin to burst and shrivel at their borders.

Add pasta to skillet. If it looks dry, add a little reserved pasta cooking water. Increase heat a bit so pasta can finish cooking in the sauce. When pasta is cooked, add butter and Parmesan and toss until everything is coated.

Serve pasta warm and garnish with chunks of burrata and a handful of herbs and green onions. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.into bite-sized chunks

Serves 4.

Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa


These are from Melissa Clark's Dinner Cookbook. So good! If you can get fresh corn use it!

1 c corn kernels
1 egg
1 c buttermilk
3/4 c cornmeal
1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 bunch of sage leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb tomatoes, diced
salt and pepper
Creme Fraiche for serving

In a blender of food processor combine corn, egg, buttermilk, flour, salt and melted butter – pulse until combined, let rest 5 min.

Melt 2 tbsp butter and fry sage leaves until crisp, drain on a paper towel.

Add tomatoes, garlic and salt and pepper to skillet heat over low.

Heat a skillet and spray with olive oil. Cook the pancakes 1/4 c – 3 – 4 min per side until browned.

Serves with tomatoes, fried sage and scoop of creme fraiche.

Serves 4 – 6

Tomatoes with Feta and Pistachios


This is the perfect summer salad, sweet tomatoes, briny feta and crunchy pistachios!

3 tbsp pistachios, toasted
1 lb mixed tomatoes, sliced
Salt and pepper
¼ cup chopped parsley, plus leaves for serving
¼ cup crumbled feta
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 c olive oil

Combine olive oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a small jar, shake to combine.

Spread tomatoes on a platter, season with salt and pepper, scatter feta, parsley and nuts over the top then drizzle with some of the vinaigrette.

Serves 4.