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Shakshuka and Recipe

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Shakshuka Recipe

 

Shakshuka: if you’re looking for new egg recipes for breakfast, this is one you have to try.

 

Sh…sh…what?

 

If you’re wondering what is shakshuka, the word actually means “a mixture” in certain Arab dialects, which makes sense. The traditional version is made from a mix of benefit-rich eggs, tomatoes, chili peppers and onions, but there are dozens of modern interpretations of it – from adding in other veggies like eggplant or spinach, to sneaking in cheese and meats.  We have talked earlier how beneficial having eggs with onions together are.  The enzymes together are so important.

 

Shakshuka’s Origins

 

Shakshuka’s background comes from North Africa, where it’s a staple in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. It’s also extremely popular in Israel, where the egg dish arrived with a wave of North African immigration in the 1950s. It’s often eaten as a breakfast dish because it’s egg-based, but in Israel, it’s not uncommon to have it as a dinner meal, particularly once temperatures drop.

 

Traditional shakshuka is meat-free and uses pretty basic ingredients; this is part of the reason why it’s remained so popular, as it’s accessible to prepare even if you’re short on cash.

 

Is Shakshuka Healthy?

 

For a deliciously simple meal, shakshuka is super good for you. Because of the eggs, it’s a terrific source of protein. It also uses harissa, a Tunisian chili paste made form olive oil, garlic, chili peppers and spices. That means it packs a punch for your taste buds and your gut. My shakshuka recipe also incorporates yogurt and sauerkraut for an anti-inflammation, probiotic kick.

 

Best of all, it’s quite easy to cook up but makes an impressive dish. It’s naturally gluten-free, too. So if you’re ready to try a new egg recipe for breakfast, you have to try shakshuka.

 

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Begin by heating a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Then add in the avocado oil, which is known for its healing properties, along with harissa, red peppers, garlic and spices. Cook, stirring the mixture occasionally, until it thickens.

 

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Next, add in the fire-roasted tomatoes and cook the mix for another 10 minutes.

 

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Add in a handful of fresh basil, stirring to mix in.

 

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Then using the back of a wooden spatula, create four indents in the shakshuka mix for the eggs.

 

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Add the eggs to the skillet and cook, uncovered, for another 10 minutes, or until the eggs are as runny or as cooked as you like them.

 

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Serve the shakshuka with yogurt, saukerkraut and more fresh basil.

 

I hope you enjoy this healthy shakshuka recipe as much – and as often – as I do!

 

Shakshuka Recipe

Total Time: 25 minutesServes: 2–3

INGREDIENTS:

 

2 tablespoons avocado oil

1/4-1/2 cup harissa

3 tablespoons organic tomato paste

2 large red peppers, small diced

4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced

1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

1 ½ teaspoon chili powder

1-2 teaspoons sea salt

1-2 teaspoons pepper

1-2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

½ cup fire roasted tomatoes

2-3 very ripe tomatoes

4 pasture raised eggs

Plain grass fed yogurt

Sauerkraut

1-2 handfuls of fresh basil

DIRECTIONS:

 

In a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat, add in the avocado oil, harissa, red peppers, garlic and spices.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens.

Add in the fire roasted tomatoes and continue cooking for 10 minutes.

Using the back of a wooden spatula, form four shallow indents for the eggs.

Add in the eggs and cook, uncovered for an additional 10 minutes or until eggs are desired doneness.

Serve topped with yogurt, sauerkraut and basil.

 

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Aspirin Slows Spread of Pancreatic and Colon Cancer.

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Aspirin Slows Spread of Colon, Pancreatic Cancer

 

The humble aspirin, already a recognized ally in the battle against heart disease, is also a partner in slowing the spread of colon and pancreatic cancer.

Aspirin has already been found to reduce the risk of some gastrointestinal cancers, but scientists didn’t understand the mechanics behind the benefit.

Researchers knew that platelets, the blood cells involved with clotting, promoted spread of cancer by releasing chemicals that spurred the growth of cancerous cells, and by increasing the response of certain proteins that regulate tumor cell development (oncoproteins).

“The current study was designed to determine the effect of inhibition of platelet activation and function by aspirin therapy on colon and pancreatic cancer cell proliferation,” the researchers wrote.

Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University combined platelets with three groups of cancer cells: metastatic colon cancer (cells that have spread outside the colon), nonmetastatic colon cancer (cells growing only within the colon), and nonmetastatic pancreatic cancer cells.

When aspirin was added to the mixture, they found that the platelets were no longer able to stimulate growth and replication in the pancreatic and nonmetastatic colon cancer cells. However, the metastatic colon cancer cells continued to multiply when treated with aspirin

In pancreatic cancer cells, low doses of aspirin stopped the platelets from releasing growth factor and hindered the signaling of the oncoproteins that cause cancer to survive and spread.

Only very high doses — larger than are possible to take orally — were effective in stopping growth in the metastatic colon cells, said the researchers.

The study was published in the American Journal of Physiology — Cell Physiology.

 

Other research has also found that aspirin can be a powerful weapon against cancer.

An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients who used aspirin after being diagnosed with colon cancer had a 29 percent lower risk of dying from cancer than aspirin nonusers. In addition, those who used aspirin for the first time after a diagnosis of colon cancer reduced their risk of colorectal death by 47 percent.

A study from the University of Oxford found that a daily aspirin reduced the risk of developing cancer of any kind by about 25 percent when compared to controls who didn’t take aspirin. After five years, the risk of dying in the group taking aspirin was reduced by 37 percent.

Chinese researchers found that women who took aspirin lowered their risk of developing lung cancer by 50 percent if they’d never smoked — and a whopping 62 percent if they smoked.

 

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Statin Drugs Cause Flu Shots to Fail

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Statin drugs cause flu vaccines to FAIL

Researchers have found that statin drugs suppress the immune response that they say is needed to make vaccines work. By taking statin drugs, you’re nullifying your body’s ability to react to an influenza vaccine, researchers say. (And yes, these researchers totally believe the myth that vaccines work most of the time…) On top of that, you also have all the health risks of statin drugs themselves, which have recently been found to accelerate aging and promote dementia and muscle fatigue.

Not only do statin drugs suppress the effectiveness of vaccines, they also suppress your entire immune system, making you more vulnerable to viral infections such as influenza. Thus, taking statin drugs is much like taking down your immune system defense shields, practically guaranteeing you’ll get sick if exposed!

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