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Shakshuka Baked Eggs Recipe

Put a delicious, exotic spin on your morning eggs with this shakshuka baked eggs recipe. Super easy to make, enjoy this recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner! 

Shakshuka baked eggs are great for trying different styles and flavours. Mix it up by adding in some different herbs or spices, or a touch more cayenne pepper for extra kick. You can even use it as a way to clear out the crisper before the Sunday groceries by adding different vegetables into the mix!

BEAUTY BOOST

Eggs are a great source of protein, containing essential amino acids to build and repair tissue, meaning they keep skin both firm and smooth and your muscles in top form. They also contain choline which maintains plump cell membranes and lutein which helps to ensure skin elasticity, together they make eggs the perfect skin superfood.

But it’s the herbs and spices that really make this dish. Parsley is fabulous for cleansing your body while vitamin A and vitamin K work to brighten the eyes and rejuvenate skin. Paprika contains vitamin B6 aiding healthy and lush hair.

SHAKSHUKA BAKED EGGS RECIPE

30 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 brown onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

6 tomatoes, diced

1 cup mushrooms, diced

1 capsicum, diced

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 large eggs

1/4 fresh parsley

pinch of salt and pepper

HOW TO

1. Heat oil in a skillet or fry pan over medium heat. Add onion and stir for 5 minutes, add garlic and stir regularly for a further minute.

2. Add the capsicum and mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring regularly for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for a further 3 minutes.

3. Begin to squash the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.  Add paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper and stir. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Crack the eggs on top of the tomato mixture and cover the pan (foil will do the trick if no cover is available). Simmer the mixture for desired time.  4 minutes for runny yolks, 6 to 7 minutes for soft yolks and 10 minutes for hard yolks.

5. Garnish with parsley and some salt and pepper and serve warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Serve with some warm crusty bread for dipping in the tomato sauce.
  • Try adding a touch more cayenne pepper to spice up this shakshuka baked eggs recipe. You can add some cumin in place of oregano, or even top with coriander.  You could even add in some mince or lentils for a lunch time or dinner meal.
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Serve with some warm crusty bread to scrape up the last bits of tomato sauce!

Beauty benefits of paprika luk beautifood beauty food paprika

beauty benefits of paprika

beauty benefits of paprika

Paprika is a spice made from dried, ground chili.  It can vary from  orange to deep red in colour and is generally less spicy than chilli or cayenne powder.  Paprika can range from mild to hot in spiciness with either a smoked or sweeter flavour.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin K, carotenoids, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and folate.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF PAPRIKA:

Beauty benefits of paprika stem from its carotenoids galore! The mixture of lutein and zeaxanthin works to maintain a healthy eye sight. Paprikas carotenoids work  to enhance radiant skin instead of a dull tone while vitamin K helps to remove the darkness under your eyes. Beauty benefits of paprika also maintain healthy and gorgeous hair as iron enhances oxygen delivery, to allow the hair to continue to grow while Vitamin B6 helps to prevent hair loss by stimulating healthy growth of cells. This creates a healthy environment for hair growth, revitalising your cells for strong, shiny locks!

COOK:

Paprika is used to both colour and season meals, such as soups, rice and stews.  Combine with garlic or cayenne powder to rub over chicken, meat or fish or lightly sprinkle with oil over potatoes, carrots or cauliflower before roasting.

TIP:

Looking to bring out gorgeous flavour, colour and beauty benefits of paprika? Paprikas properties are more pronounced when it is heated with a small amount of oil and then mixed into the dish.

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose †˜Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6†x4†/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

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Eggs en cocotte recipe clean food luk beautifood

Eggs en Cocotte Recipe

Eggs en cocotte are simply baked eggs, with the addition of a few extra skin-loving red and green veggies they are fabulous way to start your super skin day! 

Known as oeufs en cocotte in French, this dish is named for the ramekins in which the eggs are cooked. Feel free to vary the veggies, add different types of cheese and herbs, or add  nitrate free bacon or chopped sausages like chorizo or even ‘baked beans’. Accompany with buttered toast and this dish makes a fabulous weekend brunch. 

Get your kids to help pile in the vegetables and crack in the egg for some fun in the kitchen.  Once you have mastered the cooking time relative to your oven temp / egg size you will wonder why you have not made these eggs all your life. Alternatively visit Eggs & Co. A tres cute  breakfast spot tucked into the cobbled back streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris.  #youwish 

BEAUTY BOOST

Eggs are glorious breakfast foods! They contain all essential amino acids to ensure your body gets the protein it needs.  Protein is necessary for growth and maintenance of all the cells in your body. It encourages a glowing appearance by replacing dead skin cells as well as maintaining healthy hair and nail growth. Vitamin B also found in eggs is essential for helping your body to produce energy for the day ahead.  Choline, part of the B vitamin group works to ensure your skin has enough energy to produce collagen and elastin while supporting cell membrane structures to keep your skin tight and flexible! Eggs also contain lutein which keeps your skin elastic, along with choline to prolong the onset of wrinkles and a sagging skin.

Tomatoes in this eggs en cocotte recipe are cooked with oil to allow as much the lycopene to be released as possible. Lycopene is twice as an effective antioxidant as vitamin A and is highly effective at protecting your skin.  It will help to guard your body from the suns damaging UV rays throughout the day while maintaining a bright complexion.

EGGS EN COCOTTE RECIPE

20 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

Olive oil

4 eggs (large)

1 cup baby spinach

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

2 tomatoes, diced

chopped parsley

1/2 avocado, sliced

Pinch of salt and pepper

Optional: 1 teaspoon of milk or cream

HOW TO

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

2. Heat a good glug of oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add tomatoes, mush and squash them with a wooden spoon.  Add mushrooms and stir for  a couple of minutes til soft.

3. Rub the insides of four ramekins with a little olive oil and pop in baby spinach.  Add the tomato and mushroom mix on top.

3. Crack one egg into each. Add a tsp of milk or cream or creme fraiche (sour cream) to each ramekins to enrich the dish.

4. Transfer ramekins into a baking dish, pouring in boiling water until it comes half way up the sides of ramekins. Cover with foil or little lids if you have cocottes.

5. Bake the eggs in the oven until the whites are set: 8 minutes for runny yolks, 10 minutes for soft cooked and 12 minutes for hard cooked yolks. See tips & tricks below.

6. Season eggs en cocotte with salt and pepper, top with parsley and avocado and enjoy with some wholemeal rye toast.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Getting the ‘Perfect ‘cooked egg is a little bit of an art – several factors will affect whether your egg white is cooked and your yolk is still runny.
    • Oven – if your oven is on the hotter side, make sure to double check the eggs just before the preferred cooking time.
    • Size – bigger eggs (70g) cook slower than 55 or 60g eggs
    • Dish size & shape  – a higher side narrow ramekin will cook slower than a wider one. Le creuset have gorgeous little lidded dishes and now copies even exist in Kmart
    • Water bath – the height of your water will affect cook time as the higher it is the more it ‘buffers’ the hot oven and slows the cooking time.
  • Make a double batch of the tomato and save for tomorrows brunch.
  • Looking for a light meal?  Serve with a side of brown rice or quinoa

This eggs en cocotte recipe is the saviour your skins been looking for! Provide some extra care for your lips by treating them with a coat of lük Lip Nourish! Head over to our store to find your favourite flavour or shade.

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Beauty Benefits | avocados luscious lipids

I just read these avocado beauty tips and nutritional info  from the Australian Avocado Organisation’s website and it compelled me to dig thru my resources to find out and share bit more with you on why avocados live up to their to ‘mean green moisturising machine’ reputation and make the perfect package for busy mums!

I love Avocado oil so much it is one of the key food active moisturising oils I have used in my range of skin delicious lippies that will launch in August 2012! 

Even tho avocados have on average around a 20% fat content, there is absolutely no reason why you should avoid eating them. Eating fat is good for you as long as you know not all fats are the same, ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ fats like avocados are one of the most important skin-moisturising nutrients you can have to improve the appearance of your skin. Why? Because avocados lipids are luscious, they contain lots of skin-healthy polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats (see below nutritional profile from Avocado Australia) not long chain saturated fats found in many animals and dairy products or processed and/or hydrogenated fatty acids. And because of their luscious lipids, avocados house lots of important beauty-fying nutrients and phytochemicals.

Moist skin ensures you have a smooth consistant and radiant complexion, a lack or loss of moisture can promote the appearance of wrinkles, as well as inflammation, redness, unevenness and puffiness. Avocados contain more of the carotenoid lutein (and Zeaxanthin that works alongside lutein) than any other fruit, their antioxidant effect may protect your skin from UV-B-induced damage & their vitamin E content (the most important fat-soluble antioxidant in the skin as fats are a major component of skins moisture) protect lipids from oxidation which would damage skin structure and lead to dryness and wrinkles.  Avocados are also rich in B vitamins, which help with metabolism and energy. They also contain Vitamin C which may improve the health of your skin, as well as prevent the premature formation of wrinkles by improving the integrity of collagen, your skin cell’s scaffolding. Avocados contain antioxidants called polyphenols as well which fight free radicals that cause cell damage. They also are a good sources of vitamins K, potassium ( more than bananas) which is essential for fluid balance – a lack can result in puffy or dry skin and fibre which is essential for keeping a ‘well cleansed’ digestive system.

For morsels of useful information to print out and keep on your kitchen pinboard see beautifood bite | avocados.

Enjoy, Cindy x

image source:  Pinterest via www.rivertea.com

creme-brulee

LITTLE POTS OF CREME BRULEE | guilt-free indulgence

[recipe] Serves min 10 | 10 mins prep + 25min bake + 4hrs cooling time

I don’t believe in missing out and I don’t believe in being miss piggy but sometimes you desire a dessert that’s creamy softness, smooth and sweet – especially if it’s the weekend and you have people over. Rather than getting stressed over a high sugar and high saturated fat level – just work around it. Make your serve size smaller, pop fruit on the side and to be honest you can skip the fiddly brulee part and have a thin nutty wafer bikkie to dip. And if you are still feeling you are breaking your new found mantra – substitute stevia for sugar. What are you waiting for?

BEAUTY BOOST: Um well – lets talk eggs because there is one in every 100ml of liquid in a brulee and they are fabulous little bundles of body beautifying nutrients. The obvious one is powerful protein – it contains all the essential amino acids that help build and repair the muscle and tissue below your skin, the stuff that supports how skin looks and we all know what well toned muscles look like! The yoke  is rich, rich, rich in fat soluble Vitamins A, E and naturally occurring D, lecithin and a spectrum of carotenoid antioxidants including lutein (great for increasing skin’s elasticity), recent research found it to be better bioavailable source than green veggies!  These food actives help neutralize free radicals, preventing damage to your skin.

So get cracking!

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Roast Pumpkin, Pinenut & Coriander with balsamic glaze

ROAST PUMPKIN SALAD | colour me beautiful

[recipe] Serves 4-6 | 90min wo-to-go

Taste. Looks. Good-for-your skin, what  more do you want! Cheat and buy peeled pumpkin and you’re cooking for beauty in moments!

BEAUTY BOOST: Bright orange and red colours are your signal that this salad is loaded with beta-carotene (converted to Vit A in the body), lycopene & lutein, all highly powerful antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals in our skin, thereby helping to keep our skin moist and youthful. Lutein also increases skin elasticity, which plays a vital role in wrinkle prevention and it is thought to work with zeaxanthin (another antioxidant found in capsicum) to protect skin from damage & inflammation caused by the sun. This salad also contains 2 potent free-radical destroyers vitamin A (fat-soluble) & Vitamin C (water soluble), the first

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