Believed to be of Libyan origin, shakshuka is a dish that will please anyone on a weight loss journey! It is filling, full of protein and nutrition and healthy beyond belief. Shakshuka is an egg dish, where eggs are poached in a tomato sauce infused with spices including cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and chilli. If you’re purist, I will provide you with the traditional recipe, but for those adventurous, then feel free to adapt it to your own likings.
A single serving of this would include 2 eggs and half of the tomato sauce, and would only cost you only 250 calories making this an excellent choice for dieters who want a filling and satisfying meal.
I like to have this meal after my workout as 2 large eggs provide 12g of protein to help with muscle repair, whilst the meal itself is low in calories too. Let’s get on with the recipe…
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil (you can also use a little water if you prefer it healthier)
- 1/2 medium brown or white onion, peeled and diced
- 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 chopped green or red bell pepper
- 2 cans chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp mild chill powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (for a little heat)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
- Heat a large skillet or sauté pan on medium and gently warm the oil in the pan. Add the chopped onion and sauté for a few minutes until the onion softens. Then add garlic and continue to sauté.
- Add the bell pepper and sauté for up to 7 minutes over medium until it has softened. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir. Then continue to add spices and stir well. Allow to simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes untill it starts to reduce. Taste, then add salt, pepper and spices it according to your preferences.
- Crack open the eggs directly over the tomato sauce, making sure to space them evenly over the dish.
- Cover the pan and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the sauce has reduced a little. Keep an eye on the pan to ensure that the sauce doesn’t reduce too much, as this can lead to burning.
- If you prefer your eggs runny, let the sauce reduce for a few minutes before cracking the eggs in. To garnish, sprinkle the chopped parsley on top of the finished dish.
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