A hearty dish of eggs poached in an easy spicy tomato sauce that makes a great budget friendly weeknight dinner.
I am terrible at menu planning. Seriously, how do you plan a whole week’s worth of meals? I can plan a few days at a time but not much further than that. Some days I’m too tired to cook. Other days I’m not in the mood for what I had planned. I definitely see the importance of meal planning. Not only does it make cooking easier, it helps prevent me from eating pasta five days in a row because pasta is my clutch when there’s nothing else to make. I bet I can make a different pasta recipe each day of the month. However, that’s probably not the healthiest diet to eat pasta every day, so I try to incorporate non-pasta meals. One of my favorite go-to meals is Shakshuka, a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce that is cooked in a single skillet on the stovetop (although mine probably ended up more like a tomato stew).
I was first introduced to shashuka when I reviewed the Breakfast For Dinner cookbook. Intrigued by the concept, I made it for dinner one night. Then another night. And another night. It’s actually a pretty quick and budget friendly meal if you use canned tomatoes (which I do quite often).
I changed my version up a bit from traditional shakshuka by adding bell peppers and mushrooms. It turned out to be more of a stew than a sauce. I bet you could add zucchini and carrots as well. The recipe was a tad bit too spicy as written, but that may have to do with the strength of my paprika (or I’m just a wimp).
Like I do with all of my meals, I cut the serving size down into two portions to fit my single lifestyle. Ok technically three since I always have leftover tomatoes when I finish the two eggs. If you want a full three portions, use three eggs. I go through so many eggs with baking, so I just stick to two.
Source: Adapted from Breakfast for Dinner (Amazon affiliate link)
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