It’s the first week back at work and you’re beat. Here’s a healthy and easy dinner for when you can’t even. I personally love to eat shakshuka at any meal of the day because it’s such a joy to eat. Make it all in a small cast iron pan and then use that pan as the serving vessel. Take a photo and post it to Instagram because I feel that shakshuka is the new avocado toast.
You can make one egg (pictured below) or two (pictured above), depending on your hunger level. I like to think of this dish as a mainly plant powered dish because of the onions, tomatoes, peppers and herbs that accompany the eggs.
- Tomatoes, when cooked, are high in the carotenoid phytonutrient lycopene, which is needed for skin and prostate health.
- When the yolks of eggs are left runny, nutrients such as antioxidant Vitamin E and brain-boosting choline are not destroyed.
- Adding in greens is a sneaky way to boost the nutrition of this dish.
- 1 tbsp onion, diced
- 1-2 garlic cloves, smashed
- Sprinkling of cumin seeds and optional caraway seeds
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ can of organic tomato paste (I used Ontario Natural Food Co-op as cans are BPA-free)
- ½ red or yellow pepper, cut into small dice
- Sea salt
- 1-ish cup water (or more if needed)
- 1 small handful of any green you love, roughly chopped (optional)
- 1 or 2 eggs, depending on your hunger level
- Sprinkling of smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley and/or mint and/or dill
- Sprinkling of chili flakes
- Optional: crumbled feta cheese or 1 tsp tahini, 2-3 kalamata olives, pitted and roughly torn apart
- Seriously optional: a scoop of Cauliflower Tabbouleh
- 1 piece of toast (I use Ezekiel sprouted bread for toasting)
- Heat olive oil in a small cast iron pan or skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, cumin and caraway seeds and saute until fragrant. Add tomato paste, chopped pepper and around 1 cup of water. The water will evaporate away as the tomato herb mixture bubbles away, so you’ll need to keep adding more.
- Taste and season with sea salt.
- Add greens (if using) at this point. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes, and then crack in the eggs. Cover and turn heat to a low simmer. (You could also put the pan into a medium-hot oven for a few minutes to help the egg whites firm up).
- At this time, you may want to think about toast. Pop in a piece of your favourite toast. I used Ezekiel sesame bread.
- When eggs are cooked to your liking, remove pan from heat. Top with herbs and cheese or tahini. Serve with toast on the side.