So while I was at the supermarket I was googling low-carb dinner ideas, and shakshuka came up, it's a vegetarian Israeli meal. I think?
Anyway, I made a pot (or in my case, a frypan) of it for dinner, and had heaps left, so now I'm eating it for lunch.
It actually made 5-6 serves, but I ate about a third of it for dinner, so I think portion control is something I need to, ahem, address...
Shakshuka (makes 5-6 servings)
|My very own photo. Luckily my stove was clean today!|
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 medium capsicum, chopped
- 2 cans chopped tomatoes (I used Ardmona because they are Australian grown)
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Pinch of sugar (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- 5-6 eggs
- Fry the onion in the olive oil in a largish frypan until the onion has softened
- Add the garlic and continue to fry on a medium heat until you can smell that its cooking.
- Add the capsicum and fry until it has softened.
- Add the tomatoes and the tomato paste to the pan and stir till it is blended.
- Add the sugar and the spices and allow it to simmer until it starts to reduce.
- Taste the mixture and then season according to your preferences.
- Crack the eggs and add them to the mixture (I put six eggs into the mixture as in the picture above).
- Cover the pan and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. The eggs will cook on top of the tomatoes.
- Make sure the sauce doesn't burn!
Shakshuka can be eaten for breakfast lunch or dinner.
Was this meal cheap? I already had most of the ingredients. The tinned tomato and eggs were the priciest bit - the tomatoes were $1.40 a can (multiplied by two cans), and then the eggs were $3.50 for half a dozen. I already had eggs, but I've just bought another half dozen for a recipe I am going to try. But divided by the number of serves, it's pretty reasonable.
Was this meal quick to prepare? Sort of. It took a little while, but I could go and do other things once it was combined, and then just set the timer to remind me when it would be ready.
Was this meal tasty? I reckon this recipe lends itself to add all sorts of ingredients and flavours. As it is, it was quite good (especially if I was going to eat it for breakfast), but I was tempted to add bacon, but then decided not to so I could see what the proper recipe was meant to taste like.
Would my family eat this? Yes. Honey stole some of it as I was eating my tea (just after she finished her 'pizza-with-no-veggies'). The Man might want something more substantial with it, and Buddy just enjoys food. But yes, they would all eat it.