Shakshuka with Grains & Greens
Yield: 2 large servings or 4 regular servings
A few key additions create a healthier, heartier twist on the traditional dish of eggs and tomato sauce...and leftovers taste great!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 a small onion, diced (I tend towards yellow but have used red, too)
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) your favorite marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 big handful of greens, chopped (I’ve used spinach and kale)*
  • 2-3 cups cooked grains (farro, quinoa, brown rice—even lentils; leftovers work well)**
  • 2 ounces feta, crumbled, or shredded cheese of choice (I like feta; my kids enjoy cheddar and Italian blend)


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a 9- to 10-inch diameter pan with a high lip (and a lid) and sauté the onion until soft and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Add the tomato, and sauté about 2 minutes more.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper while cooking.

    Stir in the sauce (and cayenne if using) and cook for a minute or two to bring to a light simmer. Fold in the chopped greens, and cook for a few minutes to wilt them.

    With a spoon, make four little pockets in the sauce to which you will add the cracked eggs. Carefully crack them in (try not to break the yolks), and then sprinkle each egg with salt and pepper. (If the indentations don’t stay, it’s ok–just crack the eggs on top.)

    Place the lid on the pan and cook until the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny, about 4 minutes. (I gently push on the yolks to check for doneness. If you like your yolks to be firmer, you can cook a little longer.)

    Scoop the cooked grains into individual bowls for serving, and then portion the sauce and eggs overtop. Sprinkle with some cheese, and enjoy.


*An exact measurement isn’t important as the greens cook down a lot.  Feel free to go heavy if you love greens.  As an option, you could substitute zucchini or another veggie of choice.  In this case, sauté as desired before adding the sauce.

**For a twist on the usual rice and quinoa, a mix of brown rice and lentils is wonderful.  (For a really quick cooking lentil option, look for something called sprouted lentil trio by Tru Roots.)

If I have leftovers, I mix the remaining sauce and grains, and then place the leftover egg on top.  When it’s time to reheat, I remove the egg to a plate, gently heat the grains and sauce mixture, adding the egg towards the end so as not to overcook it.  Then I roughly chop the egg with my fork, add a sprinkle of cheese, mix it all up, and dig in!


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