healthy take on a french classic… in 15 minutes or less!


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Dear Diary,

Can you pronounce basque piperade?  Have you heard of basque piperade?  Have you had basque piperade?  If you haven’t… you should.  It’s a classic French/Moroccan dish that is a mix between a stew… and, uh… breakfast?! haha… whatever it is, it’s delicious.

I am regularly caught drooling over amazing-looking, decadent, fattening  and complicated dishes I find online.  It’s almost as good as eating them!  (just kidding)… and recently, I was inspired by buzzfeed’s post: 44 classic french dishes you must try before you die.  While all of the dishes looked so delicious… very few of them looked healthy (not surprising since french food is known for butter, butter, and butter…), but also I didn’t feel capable of recreating any of them…UNTIL I saw BASQUE PIPERADE.   Immediately I was nostalgic for the time I spent abroad…  I had eaten this dish before in France as well as Turkey, oddly enough, and it stood up to dishes with twice the calories and twice the work.

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When I traveled abroad I was living by the motto go big or go home.. big travels, big nights, lots of drinking… lots of eating… I had the time of my life.  But big living has its consequences… 10 lbs. BIG…  and while I still indulge, we all know that I try to eat a little healthier and moderately now a days… but you all also know that for me, that never means sacrificing big taste…

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Instead of sticking to the original recipe– I made this dish as simple, and healthy as possible… the dish is usually served with terrific toasted baguette… but knowing me, I’d end up eating the whole loaf… so instead I used quinoa…

p.s. this dish has ZERO BUTTER people… do you believe it?!

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the recipe is so simple & fast… this means that there are actually no excuses for not eating healthy… instead of reaching for the cheddar & grilling… I am going to reach for these ingredients instead:

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2 cups of your favorite organic tomato sauce

1 cup of chopped basil, 1 cup of chopped spinach
1cup of your favorite bell pepper

pinch of salt & pepper

1 cup of quinoa

2 eggs

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what you do:

 cook quinoa as directed in a separate pot (boil 2 cups of water, add quinoa once water is boiled and simmer for about 10 minutes)

in a separate OVEN SAFE sauce pan, heat the tomato sauce; add spinach & peppers

then crack two eggs right on the top… sprinkle salt & pepper

heat oven to 350 & place pan in the oven for 5-10 minutes (until egg whites have solidified but yolk is still soft!)

lastly, sprinkle some basil on top… and enjoy!

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Have dinner be memorable.  Enjoy!

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Try it & tell us what you think ;)


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