Moroccan Style Poached Eggs

Moroccan Style Poached Eggs

Moroccan style poached eggs is a comfort dish that is healthy and easy to prepare. It is a tasty option for brunch or any other meal of the day.

 

The recently released dietary guidelines exclude a cholesterol limit. So eggs are making a comeback. Eggs have had a bad reputation as they are a rich source of dietary cholesterol. However, research has shown that dietary cholesterol does not have a huge impact on blood cholesterol levels.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

 

For only about 70 calories, eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein and contain mostly unsaturated fat. The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs are protective for the eyes. Eggs are also a good source of choline. Evolving research shows an important role for choline in brain development, nerve and liver function as well as in heart health. Eggs are very satisfying and keep a person full longer. So moderate consumption of eggs, such as one egg a day can be part of a healthy diet for normal individuals.

 

Moroccan style poached eggs is a comfort dish that is healthy and easy to prepare. It is a tasty option for brunch or any other meal of the day.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

Poaching is a healthy cooking method and this recipe uses a low amount of fat. It is a method that does not result in formation of inflammation causing compounds unlike the high temperature cooking methods such as grilling and frying.

 

I have also added in some leeks which are an excellent source of vitamin K. Like the other allium vegetables (onions and garlic), leeks are a rich source of cardio protective and cancer-preventive flavonoids and sulfur containing nutrients. I have discussed about tomatoes in my post about Kofta Kebab Masala.

 

Moroccan style poached eggs is a comfort dish that is healthy and easy to prepare. It is a tasty option for brunch or any other meal of the day.

 

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

Go ahead, start your weekend morning with Moroccan style poached eggs!

 

 

MOROCCAN STYLE POACHED EGGS

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Moroccan style poached eggs is a comfort dish that is healthy and easy to prepare. It is a tasty option for brunch or any other meal of the day.
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Moroccan Style Poached Eggs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Moroccan style poached eggs is a comfort dish that is healthy and easy to prepare. It is a tasty option for brunch or any other meal of the day.
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 3
Calories: 142 kcal
Author: The Delicious Crescent
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup leeks or red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1.5 tablespoons tomato paste low sodium
  • 1 1/4 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of sugar optional
  • 3 eggs large
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro or parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. The instructions below are for either cooking with a Tagine (Moroccan earthern pot) or a regular frying pan.
  2. Take a tagine and put the olive oil, chopped leeks, grated garlic and about one fourth cup water and place it on a heat diffuser set over a stove and cook over medium to low medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. If using a frying pan, heat olive oil and sauté the chopped leeks or red onion, grated garlic and about one fourth cup water and let is simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, spices, salt, pepper, sugar and let it simmer for additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Adjust the consistency of the sauce by adding 1-2 tablespoons water as needed, until it is like thick pasta sauce.
  6. When simmering make sure to place the tagine top or lid as applicable.
  7. Crack the eggs into the sauce. Cover the dish with the tagine top or lid and poach the eggs for about 5 to 6 minutes until the eggs are well set.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley.
  9. Transfer the dish to a dry wooden surface.
  10. If using a tagine to prepare this dish, remember that the heat from the hot tagine (earthern pot) will continue to cook the eggs even after removing the dish from the stove, so you may turn off the stove and transfer the dish before it reaches your preferred final consistency for the eggs. Let it rest for 3-5 minutes and it will be as you desired.
  11. Serve Moroccan style poached eggs with toasted bread of your choice. I prefer thick Mediterranean style flat breads.
Recipe Notes
NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 3,                Serving Size: 1 egg with sauce


Calories 142, Total Fat 10 g (Saturated Fat 2.3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g, Monounsaturated Fat 5.6 g), Cholesterol 211 mg, Sodium 352 mg, Potassium 375 mg, Phosphorus 129 mg, Total Carbohydrate 7 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 4 g, Protein 8 g