Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Super Healthy, Super Easy, Super Quick: Shakshuka



Put your hand up if you've ever heard of shakshuka.  Nope, neither had I until I came downstairs one day to find my housemate, Chiara, cooking up a shakshuka-shaped storm.  It's a middle eastern dish made with chopped tomatoes, peppers, onions and eggs, and it's swiftly becoming a new favourite of mine, as it's so quick and easy but also totally different to anything else I've ever tried.  Plus it's really healthy, which obviously means you get to eat twice as much - bonus.

Ingredients:

One tin of chopped tomatoes (400g) 
One onion
Two peppers, any colour
One clove of garlic
Herbs of your choice
A few fresh tomatoes if you fancy them
3-4 eggs
Salt and pepper, to taste
Around 1tbsp olive oil

This will make two large portions - you can put in 3 or 4 (or more) eggs depending on how hungry you are.  

1) Chop your onions and peppers, crush the garlic, and put it all in a deep frying pan with a little bit of olive oil.  


2) Add your herbs, and salt and pepper - I like oregano, dried chilli flakes and mixed herb seasoning.  This is also lush with fresh coriander, but I was unfortunately fresh out of that (lol). 


3) Cook it all over a gentle heat for about 5 minutes or so, until softened, then add your can of chopped tomatoes, and turn the heat up a little.


6) Stir them in until it's all bubbling away, then crack your eggs straight on top, and season again.  Turn the heat down so it's gently simmering, then put a lid on top...
 

7) Around 5 minutes later it should look a little more attractive, as the eggs cook.  Let them cook to your personal taste - I prefer a runny egg so 5 minutes is usually perfect for mine!  And this is the finished product...


Serve up with all your favourite things - mine had to include spinach, of course, and a few more tomatoes on the side, with a bit of balsamic vinegar.



So that's the dream of a meal that is shakshuka.  It's so easy, really cheap to make, and could easily be adapted to use all sorts of ingredients.  A cheesy shakshuka is definitely next on my agenda.  Has anyone else tried this? 

Ruby x



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