Shakshuka is an easy, healthy breakfast, brunch, or any time of the day recipe, raging in the Middle East and making its way in popularity to the states. Shakshuka literally means “a mixture,” traditionally of tomatoes, onions and spices, with eggs poached on top. Our version of this hearty and gluten-free meal is a one-skillet dish of eggs poached in a spicy, vegetable-laden tomato sauce that is deliciously nourishing, filling, and so easy to make. When simmered together, the nutrient-dense vegetables and spices give the broth a savory-sweet flavor that is mildly spicy and intoxicatingly fragrant. We love adding Icelandic Provisions Skyr to our base because it balances out the richness of the sauce and adds a thick, creamy texture. And of course, the beautiful golden yolks make this a tasty, protein-rich, healthy excuse for bread-dunking!
Nutrient Booster: Skyr
Skyr is a cultured Icelandic dairy product that is high in protein and contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals. Skyr is rich in calcium, which can help protect against bone loss and osteoporosis, and contains probiotic bacteria. Consuming dairy products, like skyr, has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. We love using Icelandic Provisions Skyr in this recipe because it adds a thick, creamy texture to our base, is more flavorful than other dairy alternatives, and is high in protein yet low in sugar. It is easy to incorporate skyr and its health benefits into a variety of recipes, from overnight oats to baked goods to parfaits and sauces, like this delicious Shakshuka!
Make Once, Eat Twice
Shakshuka is a perfectly healthy make once, eat twice dish that can be customized to create so many recipe variations. Just make sure to prepare the stew only, without the addition of the eggs. For protein-rich egg alternatives, try adding our Eggplant Pesto Meatballs or Classic Turkey Meatballs to your leftover Shakshuka sauce. You can use chickpeas, beans, or lentils to make Vegan Shakshuka. Although traditionally a vegetarian dish, try adding chicken or beef for a meaty version. Shakshuka tastes great over riced cauliflower, zoodles, your favorite whole grain, or gluten-free pasta. It all starts with our sauce…the rest is up to you and your imagination for delicious everyday, anytime meals.
Veggie Shakshuka with Skyr
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1- 26 ounce jar or box of strained tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 5 ounces baby spinach
- 4 large eggs, organic and cage-free
- 1- 5.3 ounce container Plain Icelandic Provisions Skyr
Heat olive oil in a medium-large saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes until soft. Add garlic and bell pepper, and cook until soft. Mix in cumin, paprika, turmeric, and red pepper flakes, and stir until fragrant. Add the strained tomatoes, tomato paste, honey, red wine vinegar, and spinach. Partially cover with a lid, reduce heat, and simmer until the sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, about 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, spoon out 1/3 of the tomato mixture, and add in half of a container of Icelandic Provisions Skyr. Mix well, and add back into the pan, stirring well.
Use a large spoon to impress four spaces in the sauce, and carefully crack each egg into the indentations. Cover and cook for another 2-5 minutes, or until the egg whites are just set but yolks remain jiggly. Serve with Icelandic Provisions plain Skyr.
Serve with sourdough bread, pita bread, gluten-free bread or your bread of choice. You can season with Za'atar, sea salt, and pepper
Serving size: 2 eggs + 2 cups veggies Calories: 445 calories, Fat: 18 grams, Saturated fat: 5 grams, Carbohydrates: 40 grams, Sugar: 15 grams, Sodium: 445 milligrams, Fiber: 10 grams, Protein: 28 grams, Cholesterol: 375 milligrams
Disclosure: Triad to Wellness provided nutrition communications to Icelandic Provisions. All opinions are our own. We were not compensated for this post.