One Skillet Spinach Shakshuka

One Skillet Shakshuka
It’s been cold, rainy and wildly windy for the past few days, so staying in my PJ’s until 12 and making a big shakshuka sounded like the best thing to do! It’s an easy one-skillet recipe that originated from northern Africa and is now served all over the Middle East. Lots of spicy flavors, sliced onions, peppers, tomato, feta cheese and eggs. I added some spinach for a fun twist. Serve with crusty bread or chapati style flat bread. Mmmmm. It’s the best – especially when you cook those eggs just right! And it makes the whole house smell wonderful!

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion (thinly sliced)
1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
4 garlic cloves (thinly sliced)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 (28oz) can tomatoes with juices (chopped)
salt (to taste)
black pepper (to taste)
3 cups fresh spinach (chopped)
½ cup feta cheese (crumbled)
6 eggs
cilantro and parsley (chopped)

In a cast iron skillet, cook onions, bell peppers and garlic in a tbsp. of olive oil until browned. Add spices and tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Turn off heat. Add feta cheese and eggs. Place in preheated 350F oven for 10 min or until egg whites are cooked and the yolks are just beginning to harden around the edges. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cilantro and parsley. Serve with crusty bread or chapati style flat bread.

One Skillet Shakshuka

Cuban Style Spicy Rice, Plátanos Madras and Chili Lime Tilapia

Cuban style plátanos madras – sweet fried plantains sprinkled with coconut sugar and cinnamon, spicy garlic rice with onions, tomatoes, peas and cilantro + crispy bites of chili, lime tilapia.

Plátanos Madras Recipe
1 plantain (sliced into long ovals)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
*sprinkle plantain slices with coconut sugar and cinnamon. Place on a hot skillet seasoned with sunflower oil (or any tasteless veggie oil). Fry until golden.

Tilapia Recipe
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp paprika
1 lime (juice)
1 cup panko crumbs
*mix honey, paprika and lime juice together in a small dish. Dip tilapia in the mixture and then dredge through panko crumbs. Place on a seasoned skillet and cook until the the crumbs are golden and the fish is white and flaky.

Cuban Spicy Rice
1 cup white rice
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup onions (chopped)
1/2 cup red bell pepper (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (pressed)
2 tomatoes (diced)
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup cilantro (minced)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt

*Partially cook rice in chicken broth and set aside. In a hot oiled skillet, cook onions, bell peppers and garlic until slightly caramelized. Add partially cooked rice, peas, cilantro, paprika and salt.  Cover with lid. Simmer on low until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
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Thai Inspired Noodles with Mango, Basil & Peanuts

  Thai inspired noodles with mango, basil and peanuts
Ahhh I’m hungry…what do we have? I was looking for something citrusy, summery, zesty, sweet and tangy with a bit of kick. OK, this will do! Cold buckwheat noodles with mango, tomato, basil, garlic, lime, crushed peanuts, bell peppers & carrots topped with a creamy, salty/sweet/spicy peanut sauce. Awww yes, that’s what I want. Flavor explosion! Fast and easy sort-of-Thai-inspired cold summer noodles. The Bub and the Hub give it a thumbs up.

Serves 3

3 cups of buckwheat noodles
3 mangoes (thinly sliced)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
10 fresh basil leaves (chopped)
2-3 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tbsp peanuts (crushed)
1 bell pepper (sliced)
1 carrot (thinly sliced)
*1 lime (quartered for squeezing on top)
Throw it all together in a big bowl.

1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ginger (minced or powder)
1 tsp sriracha
*Whisk Whisk Whisk it up! Pour on top.

Bubbalove wanted to help model the dish. Super chef in the making right here.^