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I’ll be the first to tell you: I’m kind of lazy.

Well, not in all areas of my life. I’m actually kind of an over-achieving go-getter most of the time.

But one can only over-achieve and go-get for so long before you find you’re running on fumes and you just don’t have the energy to do more than give the dishes in your sink a mediocre rinse (the day I move into a place with a dishwasher is the day I can die happy). Or maybe you can’t be bothered to actually put your laundry away and instead live out of the (clean) clothes basket all week. Perhaps you’ve been known to text people who are in the next room instead of actually getting up to go ask them something.

Not that YOU would do any of these things. Clearly by “you”, I really meant “I” in the above paragraph.

So let’s try this again: Sometimes when I have a lot of zucchini on hand and very little energy, I like to throw together a little Spanish dish called pisto, which is something like a simplified version of ratatouille served with a nice, runny egg on top. It’s a lazy girl’s ratatouille.

Of course, if you have an aversion to runny eggs, you could opt to forgo the egg. (Although, personally, I would just reevaluate my life instead.) But do not forgo eating this alongside some gorgeous crusty bread. That would be downright tragic.

Feel free to shake things up a little where the vegetables are concerned. I’ve also made this with some eggplant, I’ve thrown in a pepper, I’ve used fresh tomatoes instead of canned…take this method and use what vegetables you have on hand or are in season. The zucchini/summer squash and potato combo is just a base to get you started!

{On an unrelated side note: I’m trying to finish writing this post while watching So You Think You Can Dance? and it’s nearly killing me. Talk about a show that’s impossible to multitask during. You’re lucky to be getting this post!}


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Servings: 4


  • 2 medium zucchini or yellow squash or a combination of the two
  • 2 large red potatoes or two medium russet potatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 egg per person
  • Salt pepper and olive oil


  • Peel and thinly slice the potatoes. (Note: If you are using red or yukon gold potatoes, you can opt to leave the skins on.) In a microwave-safe bowl, toss the potatoes with a generous drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and several grinds of fresh black pepper. Microwave on high for 5-8 minutes, stirring once, until the potatoes are cooked through. Set aside.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, thinly slice the zucchini/yellow squash. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini, along with a pinch of salt, cooking about 5-7 minutes, until tender. Add the cooked potatoes, along with the tomatoes, and stir to combine. Allow to cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until heated through. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Fry or poach one egg per person. To serve, place some of the pisto on each plate and place a fried/poached egg on top. Serve with crusty bread.


    1. Girl, I wish my laziness was a summer-only movement……….although you know I’m totally in support of being even MORE lazy during the summer. Obviously.

  1. LOL, I can totally relate to the lazy thing when it comes to certain things…Laundry gets put on the bed until I wear it all and then goes back into the laundry basket…the cycle continues. ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE ratatouille! The dish looks fresh, delicious and well balanced with that egg on top! Very tasty!

  2. haha I LOVE this! Not even kidding – I’ve been really wanting to try and make ratatouille ( I loveee ratatouille) but it takes so long I just don’t have the patience for it, totally trying your version! And the runny egg on top sounds amazing!!

    Anthony stalking status… he was at billy goat and girl and the goat…. can’t afford girl and the goat, but maybe billy goat ๐Ÿ™‚

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