Mama Maria’s Zucchini & Eggs

My grandma has two settings when it comes to preparing a meal: super simple or insanely involved. (Did I mention she makes homemade tortellini from scratch?) Since I teach English full time and health coach part-time, I gravitate to the simple variety. But simple does not mean flavorless. Try this recipe out, and you’ll see what I mean. 

Serves: 4


  • 4-5 medium zucchini 
  • 1-3 eggs (varied based on side dish or breakfast main course)
  • 1/4 c chopped onion (sweet or yellow works depending on your taste)
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Wash the zucchini and thinly slice with skin on; set aside.
  2. Beat eggs and add salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
  3. In a frying pan, add olive oil and chopped onion. Cook until onion begins to sweat.
  4. Add the zucchini (and 2 tbsp of water if necessary), cover, and cook until zucchini barely wilts.
  5. Layer a sprinkling of salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Finally pour the beaten eggs over the zucchini and fold until egg is fully cooked.


  • As a simple breakfast with a piece of toast and jam (cook once, eat twice!)
  • Along side homemade cheese ravioli and a side salad

And as my grandmother would say, “Buon appetito!” 

wine group toast
Photo by Andres Chaparro

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