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Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Own Food Revolution

Tuesday I mentioned I am very much like Jamie Oliver whose show, Food Revolution, I encouraged you to watch.  I'd like to see our school lunches improved and to see everyone embrace healthier eating habits.  I'm hoping some of you have tried some of my recipes and found that they truly aren't that hard.  Best of all, I'm hoping you've found they are GOOD!  Through my blog, I'm trying to start my own health revolution. 

You might think that some of my recipes sound strange or are out of your normal food/comfort zone.  Avocado soup?  Fish Tacos? Tomato and Watermelon Salad?  Well, today's recipe is no different.  I can't even pronounce the name but after trying it once, it has become my daughter's new favorite recipe.  It is easy and fast to fix and highly nutritious, meeting all of my requirements.  Shakshuka is a popular Israeli dish served all over the country with slightly different variations.  I found this recipe in Relish magazine and I'm serving it tonight with a loaf of bread.  Each serving is about 190 calories, 10 grams of fat, 210 mg cholesterol, 11 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber.

Shakshuka with Spinach and Feta
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 14 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. salt
pepper to taste
6 eggs
1 lb. fresh spinach
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Heat oil in a large, deep, nonstick skillet.  Add garlic and saute one minute.  Add tomatoes, paprika, cumin. tomato paste, and spinach.  Cook partially covered, for 15 minutes.  Add salt and pepper, cook 5 more minutes.
Break eggs into tomato sauce.  Sprinkle with feta.  Cook, partially covered, until egg whites are set, 5 to 7 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

This dish is easy to expand for more people and requires little effort from the cook.  I allowed two eggs per person for dinner so I used 8 eggs.  Cut back to 2 or 4 eggs, halve the amount of spinach, and it makes dinner for 1 or 2.  Use the rest of the spinach for a salad.  Serve it over a nice thick slice of toasted bread.  Yum!

I hope you are encouraged to move out of your comfort zone and start your own revolution.  You never know whether you like something or not until you try it, just like your Mom always said.  Don't forget the other part of the health revolution, exercise.  Get out this weekend and get moving!        


  1. Made a vital mistake tonight making the shakshuka. Make sure the fire roasted tomatoes don't say salsa style; they have jalapenos. It was HOT!

  2. Wow, I really like this recipe! I love the incredible, edible egg and this tasted kind of like lasagna. But better! It was so easy and my husband was impressed. Thanks. We can't seem to find fire-roasted diced tomatoes here, so we just used the Italian flavored ones and it worked out just great.