Did you know that consuming tomatoes cooked is in fact healthier than eating them raw?
- Cooking tomatoes increases the bioavailability of lycopene, a bright red carotenoid, which is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to prevent cancer growth, and supports your health, brain, and bone health by protecting the cells from damage. The heating process turns the existing lycopene into a more easily absorbable and usable form, allowing your body to fully take advantage of it!
So, in learning about this fact, I’ve decided to share with you guys a new recipe that uses a lot of cooked tomatoes! Quick, fast, and easy, maybe you’ve heard of this famous brunch food? Here’s my version of shakshuka 🍳🍅
Easy Shakshuka on Stovetop
Ingredients (3-4 servings):
- 6 eggs
- 1 can of crushed tomatoes; preferably roasted
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- ½ avocado
- 2 cloves of garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
- Handful of cilantro (½ chopped for cooking, ½ for garnish)
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- Ricotta cheese (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika powder
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Pita, toasted for serving
- Heat olive oil over skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bell pepper, and salt to taste. Cook until the onions are soft and browned.
- Add garlic, cumin, paprika powder, and tomato paste.
- Add crushed tomatoes, water included. Add ½ chopped cilantro, and cooked until simmering. Add salt to taste.
- Using your spoon, make little indents or pockets, to place the eggs in. Make 6 pockets, and then carefully crack eggs into them.
- Place a lid on the pan! This is very important, to get the eggs to cook thoroughly, yet be soft– the steam helps to distribute heat more evenly. If you don’t have a pan lid, then a handy hack is to put aluminum foil over the pan.
- Cook for another 6-10 minutes– the eggs are done when they’re opaque; cook longer or less depending on how soft you like them (6 minutes for soft, 10 minutes for hard)
- Add ricotta, avocado, and cilantro on top, and serve with toasted pita!
A great breakfast or lunch option, that’s healthy and filling, yet quick to put together (as long as you already have the ingredients at home). Shakshuka is best eaten immediately so don’t wait!
If you liked this recipe, or would like more tips on how to incorporate cooked tomatoes into your meals, send me a message at email@example.com! Again, I reply to all emails, and I love hearing from my readers!