My Green Shakshuka Recipe is such a fun play on the popular brunch dish. It's full of bright flavor, and a super healthy breakfast pick!
To know me is to know my love affair with shakshuka! Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a rich, herbed tomato sauce, chili peppers and spices. We've used this traditional style on our Prep Dish menus in the past with rave reviews.
I love this dish so much I started to explore other flavors and fell in love all over again with this green shakshuka. In this version the eggs are cooked on a bed of spinach with fresh herbs, garlic and a sprinkle of feta cheese. It's so so good and provides a completely different flavor profile of this simple dish. Bonus…you get your greens in for the day!
With any style of shakshuka, you can cook the eggs to your preference. If you're not a fan of runny or soft eggs, feel free to flip them after they've set to make them over medium. You might disrupt your pretty nests but it will all taste the same in the end!
You can keep this meal as a breakfast option or serve it with roasted potatoes and turn it into dinner. It makes a great meal for Meatless Mondays or for whenever you're wanting a vegetarian option.
- 1 yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 T Olive oil
- 5 oz baby spinach
- 6 eggs large
- 4 oz feta crumbled, optional
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 bunch basil
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Chop 1 onion and 3 garlic cloves.
- Dice 1 jalapeno and remove seeds.
- Heat 1T olive oil in a large saute pan over med heat. Add onion + garlic + jalapeno and saute for ~7 minutes.
- Chop ~1/4 cup cilantro and 1/4 cup basil. Set aside.
- Add 1 bag of spinach, cover and cook for 2-3 mins or until spinach wilts.
- Stir and season w/ salt and pepper to taste.
- Make 6 "nests" in the spinach about 1-2 inches away from each other. Crack 6 eggs into the spots, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until eggs are set and cooked to desired level.
- Top each egg w/ crumbled feta + chopped cilantro + chopped basil. Season w/ salt and pepper to taste.
What is the nutrition like in this green shakshuka recipe?
When it comes to a nutritious way to start the day, it's hard to beat eggs and vegetables. Packed with both vitamins and protein, green shakshuka sets you up for success on even the most hectic days. Here are a few of the nutritional benefits this recipe provides:
Yellow Onions (Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Folate, Antioxidants)
Did you know that the humble onion is actually packed with antioxidants? Onions also have Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, folate and potassium. Yellow onions may have more than 10 times as many antioxidants as white onions so make sure to go for yellow!
Garlic (Beneficial Sulfur Compounds, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium)
Garlic has been used in homeopathic remedies for thousands of years and may help reduce the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol and some types of cancer. Eating garlic may also help prevent colds and other minor illnesses. Scientists believe these substantial health benefits may stem primarily from garlic's sulfur compounds such as allicin, diallyl disulfide and sallyl cysteine.
Jalapeños (Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Folate, Manganese)
Due to their capsaicin, jalapenos may help promote weight loss and boost metabolism. This is true for other types of chili peppers as well. Capsaicin may also help fight cancer and naturally reduce pain.
Spinach (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium)
Low in carbs and packed with fiber, spinach is great for your eye health and may help prevent inflammation. Several studies have also shown that eating spinach may help lower blood pressure.
Eggs (Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Selenium, Lutein, Choline)
An egg contains 7 grams of protein and is full of lutein (good for your eyes) and choline (good for your brain). Try to get Omega-3 eggs or pastured eggs if you can – they're not only higher in Omega-3s, but in vitamins A and E as well.
Cilantro supports the health of your brain, possibly reducing the risk of Parkinsons and Alztheimers disease as well as anxiety. In addition, one of cilantro's biggest benefits is its prevention of blood sugar spikes. Finally, cilantro has antimicrobial elements and thus may help prevent food poisoning. It's worth noting that many studies on cilantro use cilantro extract, rather than the leaves.
Basil (Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Antioxidants)
A significant source of Vitamin K, basil may help reduce memory loss, blood pressure, and depression. Smelling basil also may help you feel more alert so consider growing some in a kitchen garden to smell whenever you need a boost!
Is this a good meal prep breakfast recipe?
Green shakshuka works well as a meal prep breakfast recipe. Eggs cook so quickly and you can prep the other ingredients ahead. With a bit of meal prep, this savory breakfast comes together in just a few minutes.
To prep ahead, chop your onions and garlic. Then dice your jalapeño and store with the onions and garlic. Finally, finely chop your cilantro and basil, storing separately.
That's all you have to do for meal prep! With everything chopped, it cooks in just a few minutes.
What are some other quick Paleo breakfast options?
When you think of “quick breakfasts,” the foods that come to mind are likely not particularly nutritious. Pre-packaged granola bars, cereals, toast – many quick breakfasts are full of simple carbs and little else.
I believe that a healthy, delicious breakfast can help the whole day go more smoothly though. From a nutrition standpoint, yes, but also from a self-care standpoint. Taking a few minutes to prep a healthy breakfast for yourself can go a long way toward making you feel good about the morning. Having a delicious breakfast waiting for you also makes it easier not to hit snooze on the alarm in the morning 🙂
Below are a few of my favorite quick Paleo breakfast options. (Don't worry if you're not paleo, these are healthy and delicious regardless of your personal eating style.)
If you want more healthy breakfast meal prep recipes, our Prep Dish Gluten Free & Paleo meal plans always include a breakfast as part of the weekly meal prep.
I've also put together a Breakfast Bundle eCookbook with SO many prep ahead breakfast ideas, including meal prep brunch menus.
It feels downright luxurious to enjoy such a lovely breakfast on a weekday. It's totally doable though because you can cook the hash ahead of time! All you have to do in the morning is reheat and top with a fried egg.
Cook a big batch of the sweet potato base at the beginning of the week. Enjoy with different toppings throughout the week to keep things interesting!
Make these at the start of the week and store in the fridge for a true grab & go breakfast. Or, make a big batch and freeze to make your life even easier!