Kale & Red Pepper Shakshuka, also known as Eggs in Tomato Sauce, is a hearty,
A Personal Connection
Have you ever met someone on the internet and told them that you loved them, before you ever even met them?
Well my friends, I have!
That is the beauty of the internet these days. Liz and I met through a supportive online group of dietitians and hit it off right away, even though we live on opposite sides of the country, me in New York and Liz in California.
We bonded over our passion for online entrepreneurship, and eventually began to share more parts of our personal lives with each other.
I shared my struggles of being a young mother, and she shared her struggles of trying to start a family of her own.
My Experience with Infertility
Never in a million years did I think that infertility would be a reality in my own life.
I remember being a teenager and my mother saying to me, “this family is so fertile, someone could sneeze and you will get pregnant”. It was a big joke among the women in my family, and low and behold I gave birth to my beautiful son Ransom when I was just 23 years old.
Two years after he was born, I had a horrible reaction to my IUD which led me to develop pelvic inflammatory disease. I was sick for quite some time, in and out of the hospital, and eventually found out that I lost function in my left ovary and fallopian tube.
My husband and I decided that for my health, we would count or blessings and be content as a family of three.
Infertility is More Common Than We Think
Infertility is such a painful topic for so many, which is why I think we don’t hear about it as much. Many strong women hide behind their pain, and hold in their stories for fear of judgement and lack of understanding.
But infertility is much more common than we think. Did you know that 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy? (2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, CDC).
That is a huge statistic!
That is why I am so proud of the authors of the Fertility Foods Cookbook, Elizabeth Shaw and my other dear friend Chef Sara Hass for being so brave and turning their pain into something that will no doubt help so many.
Kale & Red Pepper Shakshuka (Eggs in Tomato Sauce)
I knew I wanted to make a dish from the Fertility Foods Cookbook to show off how amazing these talented women are, but from over 100+ delicious recipes, it was hard to choose!
Because I am literally drowning in eggs, thanks to my six beautiful backyard chickens, I decided to make the Shakshuka found on page 76.
This traditional Israeli breakfast dish is the perfect addition to any brunch. It’s a simple meal that
tastes wonderful paired with crisp greens, like the Arugula Salad with Apricots and Champagne
Vinaigrette (page 147).
Not only is the book so beautifully laid out, but each recipe offers a Fertility Focus so you know exactly what benefits you are getting.
This Kale Shakshuka fertility focus?
The beauty of this dish is that it provides a hefty dose of vegetables first thing in the morning! Plus, Shakshuka is made with canned tomatoes,
which are a great source of the powerful antioxidant lycopene, known to be a fertility fueling food.
I adapted this recipe slightly from the book to put my own twist on it (mainly because I have so much kale growing in the garden I need to use it all up).
Whether you make my recipe or directly from the cookbook, I hope you take the chance to check out the Fertility Foods Cookbook and share with anyone in your life who may be struggling with fertility issues as well.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 medium red bell peppers, sliced into thin strips
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups fresh picked kale, chopped
- 1 tablespoon red wine
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon roasted red pepper flakes, , optional
- 1/4 teasoon salt, to taste
- 2 14 ounce cans of diced tomatoes, no-added salt
- 4 large eggs
- Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet (like a cast iron pan) over medium heat.
- Add onions and cook 2-3 minutes.
- Add the bell pepper and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently until softened.
- Stir in the minced garlic.
- Add kale by the handfuls until it is all wilted.
- Deglaze the pan with the red wine, stirring frequently for 60 seconds.
- Stir in the Italian seasoning, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and salt.
- Add the diced tomatoes and stir well until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Turn the heat to medium, cover, and let cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove the lid and create four wells in the mixture.
- Gently add a cracked egg into each well.
- Cover again and cook for an additional 6 minutes, or until the white is firm and yolk is set.
- Remove from heat and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 200 Saturated Fat: 1.5g Cholesterol: 195mg Sodium: 105mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g Protein: 11g