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    Since I was little, I have thrilled at reading food-related passage in novels. But the food scenes in Some Day by Israeli novelish Shemi Zarhin are on another level. In one passage, Zarhin describes a dish so vividly, I felt compelled to re-create it in my own kitchen He writes: "Ruchama...fried onions and sprinkled garlic cloves...seasoned it with spicy green pepper and coriander seeds and squeezed a lemon and placed a pile of beet leaves...in the middle, and within seconds, the green pile sunk into the pot and became an aromatic green sauce, into which Ruchama chopped cubes of sheep's milk cheese and broke three eggs and dripped olive oil." As I read and my mouth watered, I realized that Ruchama is essentially making a tomato-free version of the North African poached egg dish, shakshuka. Riffing off the "recipe," I experimented with a spinach shakshuka and, like Ruchama, ended up mopping it up with pita "with great pleasure."

    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
    • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
    • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 10 ounces (280 g) baby spinach
    • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    • 4–6 eggs
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • Feta cheese and roughly chopped fresh cilantro, for sprinkling

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 2
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 268 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 21 g 32.57%
    • Saturated Fat: 3 g 14.75%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
    • Sodium: 1183 mg 49.29%
    • Calcium: 158 mg 15.84%
    • Potassium: 178 mg 5.09%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 5 mg 26.56%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 8 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 4 g 15.18%
    • Sugar: 1 g
    • Protein: 11 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 2 g
    • Vitamin A 194.35%
    • Vitamin C 74.13%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat4
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables1
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq

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