I saw this egg dish on one of the many recipe websites I subscribe to. It was probably tastespotting or foodgawker. It is from one of my favourite recipe websites, skinnytaste.com and so far is the best recipe I have made from this site. This recipe ticks a number of boxes for me. It is relatively inexpensive to make (I had harissa in the cupboard from making a Moroccan lamb dish), it is quick to make, is low in calories and most importantly tastes delicious. You could eat this for any meal and feel like you had done something good for your body. The harissa adds a great zing and a touch of sweetness to the dish which might otherwise be a bit ordinary.
The recipe is available here:
The recipe says it is for 4 or to double up if you are skipping adding carbs. I found that having this for dinner, I could have 2 serves (ie 2 eggs) on two pieces of unbuttered toast and the calories were still low (about the 430 mark). I just halved the ingredients to make this for myself and followed the instructions as provided.
The only thing I found was that the tomatoes reduced quicker than suggested. I probably cooked the onions on medium-high rather than medium so the stove was already hot enough when I was cooking the tomatoes and they reduced in about 2 minutes. I also was not very successful with cracking my first egg nicely in to the tomatoes. This didn’t affect the taste at all, it was just aesthetics. So don’t worry if it is not as pretty as the picture on skinnytaste.
The one item in the recipe that comes in not so single friendly packaging is the tinned tomatoes. This wasn’t a problem for me as I just heated up the tomatoes and had them for breakfast the next day on toast. But I would have been equally happy having this again for dinner the next day.
Nigella does a similar dish using spices rather than harissa that I would like to try:
I would have most if not all of the ingredients from the Nigella recipe in my pantry and would mean not having to buy harissa. I found harissa at my local IGA supermarket after not being able to find it at Coles or Woolworths – but that could just be because it wasn’t where I thought it should be.
On the skinnytaste website, it mentions this works for meatless Monday. I first saw the idea of meatless Monday on a packet of Linda McCartney vegetarian sausages. I think it is much bigger in the UK and maybe the US than here in Australia. But I like the idea. I am not ready to sign up to be a vegetarian just yet. But I do think cutting back on the amount of meat I eat is a good thing and asking people to cut back on meat for one day a week sounds much more achievable than to stop eating meat altogether. Who knows, maybe I will be vegetarian again one day – I had a brief flutter in my teens much to my mother’s chagrin as I demanded separate meals. I have to say she was very supportive even though it upped her cooking workload considerably!