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Fun with Shaksuka

I am lucky that my husband is totally willing to try crazy ethnic vegetarian recipes that I put on our weekly menu plan. We may struggle about my desire to go 100% vegetarian but at least we’ve come to a good compromise and only cook meat/seafood at home a few nights a week.

This week’s menu plan included an Israeli dish from Smitten Kitchen that I have had starred in my Google Reader for months. Shaksuka is a dish of Israeli/Moroccan/Egyptian origin that features poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. It’s easy to make and a healthy vegetarian dinner. Brandon will pretty much eat anything with an egg on top of it so I knew he’d have no objections to trying this.

I served the Shaksuka with the pita bread that I made on Sunday. Sometimes it’s just fun to eat a dinner that doesn’t require silverware. 😉

We’ll go in reverse for today’s eats. Lunch was a really random assortment of things from the fridge because I had a meeting during lunch (which I’m VERY excited to share the outcome of with you guys very soon!).

When I got back to work I assembled this plate from my lunch box – apple slices, brie, carrots, green peppers and half a bagel with light cream cheese and cucumbers.

And finally, breakfast. I had the treat of eating a bowl of oatmeal at home while I worked on some stuff for the blog this morning before work.

What we’re working with: rolled oats, Bob’s Red Mill 10-grain cereal, almond milk, water, pinch of salt, chia seeds, cinnamon, banana and dried cranberries. Topped with almond butter, Crofter’s and raspberries.

I know I promised you guys a post on stability ball ab exercises tonight but I need a little more time on it. I need to retake some of the pictures. Promise it’s coming this week.

And finally, a quick update on the hamstring. I’m trying not to overdo talking about it on the blog after my pity party a few days ago. Also, I’ve just been really scared and sad about the injury. It’s been rough going for the past week but I am very tentatively happy to report that it is finally starting to feel better. Today is the first day that I have felt major improvement. I had electrotherapy done yesterday that made me very sore last night but I felt tons better this morning. I’m going for an adjustment tomorrow to try to correct some lower back/hip issues that are showing up in x-rays. I’m praying that the healing continues and I am back on the road in a couple days.

I haven’t given up hope on running Marine Corps yet but I am going to take a long, hard look at the future of marathoning for me after this race. But more on that later.

What is the craziest ethnic dish you’ve ever tried?

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  • runnerstrials September 22, 2010, 7:37 am

    Aww Jen, hang in there! I really hope you continue to improve and can run MCM. I know how much this sucks and how upsetting it is to work so hard and then get sidelined 🙁 So many hugs to you!

    • Jen September 22, 2010, 12:03 pm

      Thank you a million times for all of your amazing support and encouragement. It really, really means a lot to me.

  • Eric September 22, 2010, 9:07 am

    I’m totally going to try Shaksuka. I used to do a shirred egg (I guess that’s what you’d call it) where I’d bake an egg in a ramekin with a basic tomato sauce, fresh herbs and parm on top and it was fantastic. This looks awesome, thanks for the suggestion. Hope y’all are doing well.

    • Jen September 22, 2010, 12:02 pm

      Eric – I love the idea of the egg in the ramekin. Sounds so good! Just wanted to let you know about a few changes I made to the original recipe. I added about a teaspoon of turmeric with the spices (because I saw online it was a common ingredient but not listed on the recipe I used), reduced the amount of garlic to two or three cloves and only used four eggs instead of six (six would have been a waste for us!).

      Let me know what you think of it!

  • Lauren September 22, 2010, 10:38 am

    Yum! The Shaksuka looks really good, I’m going to have to try it out!

  • Ashley September 22, 2010, 11:15 am

    This looks divine! B and I love food from the middle east so this is getting added to next week’s menu list. Glad to hear your “hammie” is getting better! Hang in there!!

    • Jen September 22, 2010, 12:00 pm

      Yay! Let me know what you think. The only changes I made to the original recipe were adding about a teaspoon of turmeric, reducing the amount of garlic and only using four eggs. There was just no reason to use six for the two of us!

  • Kira September 22, 2010, 6:06 pm

    The shakshuka looks delicious! I’ll have to put that on the menu in the near future. Anything with eggs is always a winner.
    Glad to hear that your hamstring is starting to feel a little better. My mom is also struggling with hamstring issues and ended up getting some steroidal shots in her epidural space, which helped for a while, but now she’s having trouble again. Those hamstrings are BRUTAL!

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