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ShakshukaLast spring I took the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge. This is a 14 day clean eating plan complete with grocery shopping lists, and daily menus. I only did one full week of the plan, but I loved it – for the most part. The plan is set up for one person, so I had to make a lot of adjustments. With our large blended family, the number of people sitting at our dinner table varies greatly – especially last spring when I had two home from college.

The plan is great at batching menu items and having you prep/cook food ahead. This is a great time-saver – but again, with our family the numbers vary greatly so planning in this way made it a bit complicated for me.

But my great take-away from this experience is that I was trying many new foods and flavors. I was eating more vegetables that I normally do, and I found some wonderful new recipes. To be fair, there were a couple that I will never have again – but, hey I tried it all, and I am glad that I did.

One of the recipes that I just loved was an egg dish called Shakshuka. I think one reason I really like this dish is because I like saying the name, Shakshuka. Yep, having Shakshuka for dinner tonight! But that aside – it tastes great. It is a simple Tunisian dish of eggs poached in tomato sauce. The Buzzfeed Clean Eating Plan has this as a lunch item, but I served it for dinner. It would also be great for a brunch. Oh, and breakfast. Or a late night snack. Pretty much anytime could be the right time for Shakshuka.  See it is a fun name, isn’t it?


This Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge recipe starts with making a tomato sauce. This recipe will make enough sauce for two servings of Shakshuka.

Tomato Sauce Recipe

From Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 15-oz can low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 6 basil leaves, rough chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium (at least 3 quart) pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.Shakshuka Recipe
  3. Add carrot and garlic and cook until carrot is soft, about 10 minutes.Chopped Carrots
  4. Increase the heat to high, then add the balsamic vinegar. Stir the vegetables around the pan and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about a minute.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes and basil and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Season with freshly ground pepper, cover, and simmer 45 minutes.Shakshuka Recipe
  6. Uncover the pot and continue to simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  8. When the mixture has cooled slightly, transfer to a blender and puree for about 30 seconds, until there are no large chunks but the mixture isn’t totally smooth.

Once the sauce is made you can make the Shakura. With the Clean Eating Challenge, you already have the tomato sauce made from an earlier day where it was served with meatballs.  This is what I mean about the plan being great at batch cooking. When the sauce is already made up ahead of time, the Shakura is a quick and easy meal!

Shakshuka Recipe

This dish serves two (3 eggs for my husband and 2 for me)

Tomato Sauce
1 bunch steamed asparagus (I steam mine in the microwave)
5 large eggs
8 basil leaves, sliced into thin ribbons


  1. Cut steamed asparagus into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Heat tomato sauce in a small skillet or saucepan with a lid. When sauce is steaming hot all the way through, add asparagus and stir the mixture together.Tomato Sauce
  3. With the back of a spoon, make little craters in the tomato sauce, and crack one egg into each.Shakshuka RecipeShakshuka Recipe
  4. Turn the heat to low, and cover the pan.
  5. Cook 5-7 minutes, until the egg whites are cooked through but the yolks are still runny.Shakshuka Recipe
  6. Carefully transfer the mixture into a bowl to serve; garnish with the chopped basil.

There you have it! A tasty and healthy meal that is perfect for a meatless Monday or anytime! ‘Cause after all with a name like Shakshuka – you gotta’ love it!Shakshuka Recipe

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(25) Comments

  1. I’ve never had anything like this but it looks yummy! I love tomato sauces so I’m sure id be a fan!

  2. I love easy recipes and this looks amazing! I will add it to my list of recipes to try! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love mostly everything about this recipe, especially the asparagus. However, I am not that adventurous when it comes to eggs. I would make it without them.

  4. We are currently doing the 10 day smoothie cleanse. We may try this one next.

    1. Meant try the recipe when we’re done .

      1. Stacey says:

        I hope you enjoy it! I cannot survive on smoothies – good luck to you!

  5. This looks tasty and not too difficult to make. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Jeanine says:

    Yum I’ve never heard of this before but it looks delicious. I’m pretty sure my husband and I would really enjoy this!

    1. Stacey says:

      I hope you try it!

  7. This looks really yummy, in a surprising way!! Pinning to try for sure.

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, it was a completely new recipe to me. But I have made it a few times now.

  8. OMG. That looks so yummy. Gotta make Shakshuka for my family.

    1. Stacey says:

      Don’t you just love the name? I hope your family and you enjoy it!

  9. This looks very interesting. I’ve never tried Shakshuka, but it sounds really good!

    1. Stacey says:

      Oh – you need to try it! It is yummy!

  10. My family loves this dish which is really popular in Israel. Your shakshuka photos are so appetizing and gorgeous.

    1. Stacey says:

      Thanks! It’s amazing for me to realize that a recipe that is so completely new to me is standard fare in other households.

  11. It is fun to say! I love how easy it makes getting more veggies into one dish.

    1. Stacey says:

      There are so many veggies in one dish! And the name does make me 🙂

  12. This recipe is the perfect dinner in my book. I love eggs and going meatless a few days a week is something I have been incorporating in my eating plan and I look forward to planning meatless dinners.

    1. Stacey says:

      I have been going more and more meatless as well. By no stretch vegetarian – but eating more veggies and less meat has become more appealing.

  13. I have never heard of Shakshuka but looking at your pictures and reading how you feel about it makes me want to try it. I love trying new foods. So, this is considered clean eating? That’s good to know. I think I’ve been too hard on myself with certain foods when it comes to clean eating. Great post!

    1. Stacey says:

      I don’t consider myself a clean eater – though I do try to eat healthy. I loved the Buzzfeed Challenge because it had me trying a lot of new recipes.

  14. I do a Mediterranean Style Shakshuka on my blog. Your post reminds me that I really should make it again soon!

    1. Stacey says:

      Oh – I will have to check it out! I love Mediterranean food!

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