Shakshuka has earned a fashionable following these days, appearing on all the trendy restaurant menus and Instagram feeds. It is a traditional North African and Middle Eastern dish of eggs simmered in a skillet of spiced tomato sauce that can be served for pretty much any meal of the day. But while the red-sauce version is most typical, there are many creative variations possible. This version goes all green with a base of spinach and artichokes seasoned with cumin, coriander, garlic, and a hint of peppery heat, then topped with salty, creamy feta and fronds of fresh dill. It is out of the ordinary in the best possible way. Enjoy it scooped up with warm pita bread.
Heat the oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chile pepper, cumin, coriander, salt, and black pepper and cook for 30 seconds more.
Add half of the spinach and cook, stirring, adding the rest of the spinach in a couple of batches as it wilts and there is room in the pan for more. Stir in the lemon juice. Once the spinach is all wilted but still bright green, stir in the artichoke hearts and cook for 1 minute more.
Spread out the mixture evenly in the pan.
Break one of the eggs into a small ramekin or bowl. Form a well in the mixture and transfer the egg into it. Repeat with the remaining three eggs, creating separate wells for them. Scatter the cheese around the surface. Cover and cook until the egg whites become opaque and the yolks are still slightly runny, about 4 minutes. Serve garnished with dill, seasoned with additional salt and pepper to taste, with the pita alongside.
Serving Size: 1 egg, 3/4 cup vegetable mixture, and 1 pita
Per Serving: Calories 400; Total Fat 17 g (Sat Fat 5 g, Mono Fat 7 g, Poly Fat 2 g); Protein 19 g; Carb 47 g; Fiber 2 g; Cholesterol 205 mg; Sodium 785 mg; Total Sugar 6 g (Added Sugar 0 g)
Excellent Source of: Calcium, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, protein, riboflavin, selenium, thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K