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Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos

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This low carb shakshuka uses tomatillos instead of tomatoes! A Mexican spin on a traditional brunch recipe. 

Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos - a Mexican spin on a traditional brunch recipe!

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Shakshuka is a classic breakfast recipe from Israel and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Traditionally it features a combination of tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices and gently poached eggs. I actually tried cooking a Lamb Shakshuka when I was testing out the Keto Meal kits from Green Chef! It was so delicious that when I saw a Green Tomatillo Shakshuka from the blog Love and Olive Oil, I just had to adapt it and make a low carb version!

By using tomatillos, poblano, and cilanto, the dish has a rather Mexican flair. I've even finished the dish with some grated Cotija (pronounced Ko-TEE-hah), which is like a Mexican Parmesan. It's a fantastic recipe that has so much flavor!

Carbs in Tomatillos

But first, let's talk about tomatillos! They're a key ingredient in my low carb chicken salsa verde recipe, but other than that they haven't featured much on this site. Which is strange, as I adore them!

Tomatillos

Tomatillos look like small green tomatoes, but are only distantly related to tomatoes. They grow in a papery husk (called a calyx) and are closely related to the Cape Gooseberry, groundcherry, goldenberry, physalis, and more. They have a pleasant citrus flavor, and you can eat them raw! They're great for making salsas, and a great source of vitamin C.

100g of tomatillos contains 3.9g net carbs, which definitely make it a low carb vegetable (well, technically it's a fruit, but that's a whole different story!)

 

How to Make a Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos

I decided to roast the tomatillos together with a poblano pepper to bring out some wonderful flavors. Remove the husks from the tomatillos, and quarter them. Core and seed the poblano, then divide into two or three pieces. Place everything on a baking sheet and roast for 13-15 minutes or until the veggies are soft and starting to turn brown at the edges.

Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos - a Mexican spin on a traditional brunch recipe!

Let them cool slightly, then transfer to a blender (it's Ninja time!), together with cilantro leaves, parsley leaves, garlic and ground cumin.

Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos - a Mexican spin on a traditional brunch recipe!

Blend until smooth (although you will still see some of the tomatillo seeds), then pour into a cast iron skillet. Note: You can prepare up to this stage in advance if necessary.

Place the skillet over a medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Test for seasoning and salt and pepper as necessary. Carefully add four eggs spaced out around the pan, ensuring that the yolks do not break.

Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos - a Mexican spin on a traditional brunch recipe!

Cover and continue to cook until the egg whites are cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. 

Serve in the skillet, garnished with black pepper, grated cojita, and cilantro leaves.

Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos - a Mexican spin on a traditional brunch recipe!

This dish comes in at 10g net carbs, but they're good carbs, if you know what I mean! If this is still too much for you, then you could try splitting the recipe three or four ways instead of two, and serving it with some low carb tortilla chips or toasted low carb bread.

Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos - a Mexican spin on a traditional brunch recipe!

Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos

Low Carb Shakshuka with Tomatillos

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

This low carb shakshuka uses tomatillos instead of tomatoes! A Mexican spin on a traditional brunch recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 1lb fresh tomatillos
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • ¼ parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic paste or minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp grated cotija
  • extra cilantro, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Remove the husks from the tomatillos, and quarter them. Core and seed the poblano, then divide into two or three pieces. Place everything on a baking sheet and roast for 13-15 minutes or until the veggies are soft and starting to turn brown at the edges.
  2. Let them cool slightly, then transfer to a blender, together with cilantro leaves, parsley leaves, garlic and ground cumin.
  3. Blend until smooth (although you will still see some of the tomatillo seeds), then pour into a cast iron skillet. Note: You can prepare up to this stage in advance if necessary.
  4. Place the skillet over a medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Test for seasoning and salt and pepper as necessary. Carefully add four eggs spaced out around the pan, ensuring that the yolks do not break.
  5. Cover and continue to cook until the egg whites are cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. 
  6. Serve in the skillet, garnished with black pepper, grated cojita, and cilantro leaves.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size Half the recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 245Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 373mgSodium 399mgCarbohydrates 15gNet Carbohydrates 10gFiber 5gSugar 10gProtein 16g

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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Knitman

Monday 27th of January 2020

No tomatillos where I live but you have given me ideas. I am a no recipe cook and a low carber. I have last over 100lbs recently and will soon be back to normal. Put on 12 st when hit by trauma and then re-hit last yeast which brought me back but no memory of 5 years. Horrified at weight gain, 168lbs! But now lost 106lbs no pain at all.

Do you have Bare Naked noodles over there? They were a Dragon's Den winner I believe. Anyway totally lc noodles. 15-22 cals per 100g with approx 1.5g carbs. I eat a stir-fry daily very spicy or or not depending on desire when cooking them.

Georgina

Monday 27th of January 2020

I will look out for those noodles! Thanks for sharing!

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