One-pan vegetable-forward dishes for New Year's Day brunch

Close-up of a pan of Indian-inspired Palak Paneer Shakshuka, poached eggs nestled in a bed of spinach and Indian spices.
Palak Paneer Shakshuka.
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Six test-kitchen favorites for a simple, healthy meal to kick off 2022


Whether breakfast or brunch, make your first meal of 2022 simple and delicious — oh, and healthy too — with one of these vegetable-forward one-pan meals.

Kuku Sabzi (Persian Greens Frittata) is bursting with the colors and flavors of fresh greens — parsley, cilantro, dill, spinach, scallions and leeks. Mix the eggs with the chopped greens, pour into a hot skillet, top with some walnuts for texture and some omega 3s, pop the pan into the oven and 45 minutes later, yum. If you prefer your eggs poached and yolks runny, try a Deconstructed Kuku Sabzi — full of the same ingredients but prepared a bit differently.

Palak Paneer Shakshuka, also chock-full of herbs, spices, greens and chunks of creamy paneer cheese, is a north Indian take on the Israeli breakfast dish Shakshuka — poached eggs in a tomato and pepper sauce. This recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s book, “Plenty,” includes a few additional herbs and the extra-special touch of a pinch of saffron, which elevates the dish to a whole new level.


For a vegan option, try Chickpea Frittata With Tomatoes and Kale. With just five ingredients, it comes together quickly and also can be made in advance. Vegan Chilaquiles get umami and texture from seared oyster mushrooms and more texture from tortillas softened in a charred salsa verde for a dish full of deep, rich flavors.

Vegan Chilaquiles

These vegan chilaquiles develop deep, rich flavors from both fresh and dried mushrooms. They're also quick and easy to prepare.
Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Kuku Sabzi (Persian Greens Frittata)

Unlike most frittatas, the proportion of greens to eggs in a kuku vastly favors the greenery: parsley and coriander, dill and spinach, lettuce and scallions, leeks and fenugreek.
Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 10

Deconstructed kuku sabzi

This kuku is kind of a green version of shakshuka, with the eggs cooked on top of the herbs and vegetables rather than bound with them.
Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4

Palak Paneer Shakshuka

Palak paneer, an Indian spinach dish, added to the simple base of peppers sautéed until sweet, is an instant, super-flavorful sauce for your eggs.
Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Chickpea Frittata with Tomatoes and Kale

This vegan frittata from Go Get Em Tiger contains just five ingredients: chickpea flour, shallots, kale, tomatoes and olive oil, and is delicious.
Time 1 hour 45 minutes, plus overnight chilling
Yields Makes one 9- by 5-inch loaf


Yotam Ottolenghi elevates seemingly ordinary dishes, like shakshuka, to something more vivid than you'd ever imagine.
Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4