SPICED SHAKSHUKA WITH WILD RICE

The nights where I get home late, it's especially hard to throw together dinner when my mind is full & fatigued but my stomach is not. I find it fitting that the nights where you need a homemade meal the most is when you're the most incapable of doing so.  I try to make a point in these moments to find the simplest dish (1 pot max, if that) that my brain can just barely wrap it's head around. If I can muster up a few minutes to continue standing on my feet to grate a garlic clove and chop an onion, I can have a homemade meal that my soul and stomach with thank me for.

That's where always having eggs on hand comes in handy. For weeknight meals that only begin to cook at 8pm, I need something swift & hearty that won't take an hour. I love frittatas for this reason, and when you have an extra 5-7 minutes, shakshuka (for when you need a punch of flavor). So, a recipe for one (very pretty) skillet meal that will give you quick homemade meals when you need it most.

 SPICED SHAKSHUKA WITH FORBIDDEN RICE (Gluten-free) Serves 4  1 cup forbidden rice, dried  2 teaspoon olive oil  3 garlic cloves, minced   2 jalapeños, minced  1 leek, halved & sliced into half moons  1 shallot, minced  28 oz. fire roasted tomatoes  1 teaspoon ras el hanout  2 teaspoons harissa  1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika  pinch of cayenne pepper  1/2 lemon, juice   3-4 large eggs  1 small bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped  2 oz feta cheese, crumbled  Sea salt to taste  Freshly ground pepper     Heat your oven to 350 degrees.       In a medium saucepan, add forbidden rice and 1 3/4 cup of filtered water. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low and cover for 30 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes, covered.     In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic, jalapeños, leek & shallot.  Sauté for 5-7 minutes or until.  Pour in can of tomatoes and 1/2 cup water along with all spices.  Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Squeeze the lemon juice and mix together well, then let cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat.  Use your wooden spoon to break down big hunks of tomato.     Gently crack eggs into the pan (use a wooden spoon to make room).  Once the eggs just begin to set, add the cast iron skillet to the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes or until whites are completely set, but yolks are still soft.  Top with cilantro, feta, flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Serve with a heaping of forbidden rice to sop up the juices.  Eat immediately!

SPICED SHAKSHUKA WITH FORBIDDEN RICE (Gluten-free) Serves 4

  • 1 cup forbidden rice, dried
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 1 leek, halved & sliced into half moons
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 28 oz. fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ras el hanout
  • 2 teaspoons harissa
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • 3-4 large eggs
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.  

In a medium saucepan, add forbidden rice and 1 3/4 cup of filtered water. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low and cover for 30 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes, covered.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic, jalapeños, leek & shallot.  Sauté for 5-7 minutes or until.  Pour in can of tomatoes and 1/2 cup water along with all spices.  Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Squeeze the lemon juice and mix together well, then let cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat.  Use your wooden spoon to break down big hunks of tomato.

Gently crack eggs into the pan (use a wooden spoon to make room).  Once the eggs just begin to set, add the cast iron skillet to the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes or until whites are completely set, but yolks are still soft.  Top with cilantro, feta, flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Serve with a heaping of forbidden rice to sop up the juices.  Eat immediately!

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH MARJORAM, PINE NUTS, LEEKS & LEMON

Cauliflower is Broccoli's forgotten cousin.  Only lately have people begin to bat an eye at this cruciferous vegetable.  Besides being delicious, cauliflower has some magical properties that allow it to become grain-free pizza crust and "rice" to name a few.  This recipe, however, uses no gimmicks - just pure cauliflower goodness.  

This is my new favorite Winter recipe that adds a little brightness to an otherwise cold & dreary season.  If you can find some colored cauliflower, all the better ;)

 

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH MARJORAM, PINE NUTS, GOLDEN RAISINS & LEMON (SERVES 4) Gluten-free

  • 2.5 lbs. cauliflower, de-stemmed & chopped into 1 in. pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh marjoram leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lemon, juice + zest
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 leek, halved & thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Add cauliflower to a large baking sheet with olive oil, marjoram, sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.  Roast for 25-30 minutes or until browned and tender. Add to serving bowl & set aside.

Add butter to a cast iron or sauté pan over medium low heat.  Add the zest of one lemon.  Sauté until zest is fragrant, then add garlic and leeks.  Stir often over low heat until leeks are softened, about 5-7 minutes.  Add golden raisins until warm, then remove mixture and add to serving bowl.  

Using the same pan, turn the heat up to medium and add pine nuts.  Stir often for about 1-2 minutes or until pine nuts are browned and toasted.  Remove from heat and add to serving bowl.  Toss everything together with the juice of one lemon.  Top with chopped parsley and season to taste.  Serve immediately!

THANKSGIVING RECIPE ROUNDUP

Here is a quick round-up of last minute entrees, sides and desserts to make for this year's Thanksgiving.  Don't fret if you need one more side or a quick dessert, take a look below.  These recipes are all simple, seasonal and veg-friendly options for your table.  

Let me know if you plan to try any and of course,  I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving!

 Thyme, Marjoram & Leek Socca (GF, V)

Thyme, Marjoram & Leek Socca (GF, V)

 Wild Mushroom Gravy (GF, V)

Wild Mushroom Gravy (GF, V)

 Salt-Roasted Seabass with Frisee, Pistachio & Fennel (GF)

Salt-Roasted Seabass with Frisee, Pistachio & Fennel (GF)

 Poached Pears with Vanilla Bean, Ginger & Macadamia Maple Cream (GF, V)

Poached Pears with Vanilla Bean, Ginger & Macadamia Maple Cream (GF, V)

 Creamy Coconut Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Pepitas and Creme Fraiche

Creamy Coconut Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Pepitas and Creme Fraiche

 Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary, Thyme & Brown Butter (GF)

Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary, Thyme & Brown Butter (GF)

 Red Quinoa Salad with Shaved Fennel, Sweet Peas & Whole-Grain Mustard Dressing (GF, V)

Red Quinoa Salad with Shaved Fennel, Sweet Peas & Whole-Grain Mustard Dressing (GF, V)

 Peach & Blackberry Ramekin Crisps (GF, V)

Peach & Blackberry Ramekin Crisps (GF, V)