Greetings, DiabeThrive Community: Embarking on a Global Culinary Adventure!

Greetings, DiabeThrive Community: Embarking on a Global Culinary Adventure!

Hey DiabeThrive Community!

As promised, we're continuing our exciting journey to bring you recipes from all corners of the world, each carefully adapted to be diabetes-friendly without sacrificing flavor or variety. This week, we're venturing into the heart of Mediterranean cuisine with a classic dish, reimagined for those managing diabetes.

We're not just sharing meals; we're exploring cultures and histories. This week, let's dive into the rich heritage of a Mediterranean classic, Shakshuka, while enjoying a version tailored for those managing diabetes.

This Week's Culinary Delight: Adapted Mediterranean Shakshuka

Shakshuka, meaning "a mixture" in Arabic, has roots that are as rich and varied as its flavors. Believed to have originated in North Africa, particularly in Libya and Tunisia, Shakshuka has become a staple across the Middle East and Mediterranean. Traditionally, it's a dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato and pepper sauce. While it's popularly enjoyed as a breakfast meal in many parts of the world, its hearty nature makes it suitable for any meal of the day. Our adapted version maintains the essence of this flavorful dish while being mindful of nutritional needs.

Recipe and Method: Adapted Mediterranean Shakshuka


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (28 oz) of diced tomatoes, no added salt
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnishing


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and bell peppers, sautéing until soft.
  2. Stir in garlic, cumin, paprika, and chili powder, cooking for another minute.
  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes, bring to a simmer, and let cook for 10-15 minutes until it thickens slightly.
  4. Make four wells in the sauce and crack an egg into each. Cover the skillet and cook until eggs are just set.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

  • Calories: approximately 210
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Fiber: 3g

Conclusion: A Taste of the Mediterranean, Tailored for You

This Shakshuka recipe exemplifies how traditional dishes can be transformed into diabetes-friendly meals. Each week, we'll continue to explore the diverse flavors of the world, always keeping in mind the nutritional balance and taste. Stay tuned for more culinary adventures, and don't hesitate to share your experiences with these recipes in our DiabeThrive community!

Together, let's make diabetes management deliciously diverse and exciting!

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