Shakshuka (Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce)
SHAKSHUKA (EGGS POACHED IN TOMATO SAUCE)
FOOD AS MEDICINE:
Tomatoes are jam-packed with vitamins A, B, C, and K. They also contain high levels of potassium and chromium, which aid in stabilizing blood sugar and ward off those pesky sugar cravings. Tomatoes can be eaten in a variety of ways, both raw and cooked. Eating them both ways provides for the best balance of nutrients.
1 Tablespoon Ghee
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
6 oz spicy Italian sausage, sliced (pasture raised, no nitrites added)
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more if you like spice
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
8 pasture raised eggs
Preheat the oven to 375. Heat the ghee over medium heat in a medium sized cast iron or other pan that is oven-safe.
Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper and cook about 5 minutes. Add the sliced sausage and cook until browned.
Add the cherry tomatoes and cook until bursting, stirring occasionally. Season with the cumin, paprika, red pepper, salt and pepper. Simmer until tomatoes have thickened. If needed, you can add water 1 Tablespoon at a time to prevent burning.
With the back of a spoon, dig a small well in the sauce and crack an egg into it. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Turn off the heat and transfer skillet to the oven until egg whites are just set, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper and garnish with cilantro if desired.
Makes 4 servings
Nutrition facts serving: 291 Calories, 18g Fat, 9g Carbohydrates, 22g Protein
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