Vegetarian “Shak-SHOO-kuh”

When it comes to dinner I am all about experimentation.  There’s just something about trying a new recipe with new flavors that makes me excited to cook.

I saw a friend post a dish called “shakshuka” on her Instagram and immediatley googled it.  Basically, it’s a Middle Eastern dish of sauteed tomatoes, spices, and herbs topped with eggs cooked right there in the sauce.  Plus it’s a one pan dish so super quick and easy to whip up!

I found lots of recipes online, but ended up sort of doing my own thing (surprise, surprise).  By using store bought marinara sauce, you cut your time and ingredients in HALF!



1 tsp. garlic, minced
Handful parsley, chopped
Green onion, diced
White onion, diced
Handful of baby spinach
2 cups Tomato and basil marinara sauce
4 eggs
1/4 cup fat free mozzarella
15 g Kalamata olives
Garlic powder

  1. Saute onions, garlic and spinach in zero calorie cooking spray until onions are slightly brown and the spinach is wilted.
  2. Add tomato sauce to the pan and cook on low until heated throughout.
  3. Season the sauce with a dash of each of the spices (cumin, garlic powder, oregano).
  4. Make four wells in the sauce and crack eggs directly into the pan.  Cover and cook on low/medium for about 6-7 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.
  5. Top with parsley, green onion, mozzarella, and olives.
  6. Serve with bread (any type works, but traditionally served with pita or naan to sop up the extra sauce).

I sauteed fresh onions, garlic, and spinach before adding the sauce, but that is completely optional.  I also added some of my own spices to enhance the Mediterranean flavors.  You could omit those steps and just use the sauce as is – it still has a ton of flavor!

Although this dish is traditionally vegetarian, you could also add grilled chicken, ground turkey, ground beef, etc. to the pan to get in even more protein.


459 calories | 22 g carbs, 25 g fat, 37 g protein

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