Simple Sunday Shakshuka

As I’ve written before, several times actually, I love podcasts! Recently a friend suggested I listen to “Happier”, by Gretchen Rubin, which is all about small ways you can make your life just a bit more joyful. Each episode includes some ‘try this at home’ strategies along with the perfect amount of light-hearted banter between two sisters.

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I’ve flown through episodes 1-10, and below I’ve captured my favorite tips that I’m working to incorporate here and there.  With over 190 episodes to date I know I have a lot more wisdom coming my way. But for now, here are my top five tips so far!

  1. One Minute Rule – do quick tasks right away that only take one minute to complete such as hanging up your coat when you walk in the door.
  2. Make your bed – this is a tough one for me, but I’m trying!
  3. Hold ‘power hours’ where you set a timer and do focused work for a full hour. This is one of my favorite weekend ways to do housework. Pump up the jams, cross off that list, and dance around the house being productive.
  4. Enjoy the process. Life can move fast and it’s easy to hyper focus on the long list of tasks that need to be completed or trying to make an event perfect. Instead, go along for the ride and enjoy each day for what it brings.
  5. Keep a one sentence journal. I haven’t tried this yet but I’m curious – does anyone do this? I like the efficiency of it, but wonder when I’d build it into my routine.

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It seems fitting that I write about happiness along with a shakshuka dish as this has become one of our go-to company brunch creations.  I first made shakshuka as an experiment for a girls weekend in 2016, with potatoes and spinach and other added flavors.  I then tried making a green shakshuka, which is a dish that has promise but is still under construction.  Beyond these creative variations, I’ve come to find a simple version of shakshuka that I can make for Sunday brunch.

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A friend recently asked for the recipe and so this is my attempt to capture this recipe that I’ve come to memorize. There isnt much better than using a piece of warm bread to soak up this spicy goodness. 

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What are your favorite ways to prepare this perfect savory meal?

I brought this dish to Fiesta Friday, which is hosted this week by Mollie @ The Frugal Hausfrau and Mila @ Milkandbun.

 

Simple Sunday Shakshuka

  • Servings: 3
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Shakshuka is a perfect brunch treat to enjoy on your own or with friends, and of course some crusty fresh bread!

Ingredients

  • 2 12 oz cans of whole peeled san marzano tomatoes
  • 1 small-medium onion
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1.2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons harissa or tomato paste
  • 6-8 eggs (2 per person)
  • Crispy bread

Steps & Notes

  1. Cut the onion into long strips.
  2. Core the pepper and cut it into strips.
  3. In a large dutch oven, cook the onions and peppers over low-medium heat with a bit of oil for 7-8 minutes until they begin to soften. Sprinkle with a healthy amount of salt and pepper.
  4. Add half of the spices to the onions and peppers, then cover with the tomatoes.
  5. Let simmer for 40-45 minutes adding harissa or tomato paste halfway to thicken.
  6. Add the remaining spices as the dish cooks and adjust to your liking.
  7. Once you are ready to eat make small wells in the shakshuka and crack the eggs into the pot. Cover and cook for 8-9 minutes.
  8. Serve with warm bread for dipping.

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10 comments

  1. I say yes to a green shakshuka!

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  2. i love shakshuka! Have you tried to chop vegetables instead of slicing, or do you prefer like you prepared?
    and you can also use strained tomato, so no need to wait that long and serve the meal quicker 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. You’re right – chopping is another great way to prepare the veggies! I’ve never tried strained tomato – will try that in the future! Thanks for the note. Have a lovely weekend as well.

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      1. Here, in the UAE where shakshuka is very popular and well-known dish, veggies usually are chopped finely , so you even can’t guess are there peppers or not😁 but most of the time just the spiced thick tomato sauce.

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  3. I am a huge fan of shakshuka and you reminded me that I haven’t made/eaten one in a while. There’s no doubt that this tastes so delish! Thanks for sharing and happy Fiesta Friday! x

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  4. Sunday Shakshuka for Fiesta Friday, yay 😀 My family loves shakshuka, the daughter especially. We haven’t ventured much beyond the tomato sauce + harissa but green shakshuka sounds wonderful!

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  5. Great tips – I love them all. I could learn a lot from the one minute rule – especially when it comes to putting things back in their place when I’ve used them!

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    1. I agree! The one minute rule has had the most concrete impact for me.

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  6. Everyone says make your bed! I’d rather make this, lol! Seriously I do love to do small attacks on housework. Empty the dishwasher while something microwaves. Pull out a drawer and sort it while I’m on the phone. Eventually, my house will be clean, just one small area at a time!

    Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

    Mollie

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