Shakshuka

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In order to maintain a healthy diet, it’s crucial to find meals that you actually enjoy eating. If you don’t like the food that you eat, you’re going to struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This means you need recipes that are not only healthy, but that also taste good!

Shakshuka is one of those meals that not only has a good balance of protein, carbs and nutrients, but it’s also packed with flavor. Originating in North Africa, it’s now a staple in the Middle East and can be eaten as a meal at any time of the day.

 Shakshuka is fundamentally eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. However you can add in any veggies or spices that you want. Shakshuka means “all mixed together” in Arabic so don’t be shy to mix it up with other ingredients you have on hand.

Not only is this dish versatile, but it’s also cooked in one pan, making for a quick clean-up and you can save sauce for later to make the meal again quick and stress free.

 Another added bonus – it’s vegetarian!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes or 4 cups of freshly chopped tomatoes
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic (finally chopped) – depending on your love of garlic
  • ½ cup vegetable stock or broth
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Chili powder and cayenne pepper for extra spice (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 5-8 eggs
  • Feta (optional)
  • Multi-grain bread

Method:

  1. Sauté onion and red pepper with olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until softened.
  2. Add garlic and spices and cook for another minute.
  3. Add tomatoes and vegetable stock. Stir and simmer until sauce thickens (around 20 minutes).
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Make a well in the sauce and crack an egg into it. Continue this process with the rest of the eggs.
  6. Cover pan and cook eggs for around 6-8 minutes.
  7. If you dislike runny eggs then continue to cook eggs until they are to your liking.
  8. Sprinkle feta and parsley/cilantro over dish.
  9. Serve with multi-grain bread (for dipping purposes).

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