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    Updated on Aug 7, 2019. Posted on Aug 6, 2019

    This Trader Joe's Instant Shakshuka Is The Ultimate Breakfast Hack

    It's a gourmet breakfast in minutes.

    I'm Hannah, and by now you may know that I'm a big Trader Joe's fan. Every time I go into a T.J's, I find myself overwhelmed with choices, So I've started to document and review my favorite finds to help you narrow down the most must-try products.

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    This week, I tried Trader Joe's frozen Shakshuka starter. After browsing the internet, it seems that this product became available in April, but somehow I'd never seen it before.

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    In fact, when I went to my neighborhood Trader Joe's on a Monday morning, there was only one left, which means I was extremely lucky and this frozen aisle find must be in high-demand.

    Apparently, I wasn't alone in being excited about the shakshuka. I posted a photo on my Instagram stories asking if anyone had tried it, and my friends quickly started responding.

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    Maybe you're already familiar with shakshuka, but in case you aren't, it's a breakfast dish (traditionally from the Middle East and North Africa) that's made with poached eggs in a fragrant, spiced tomato sauce.

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    Like this recipe I love from food blog Cookie and Kate, shakshuka normally takes about 30-40 minutes to make from scratch. It requires sautéeing bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and lots of spices, then reducing everything into a sauce. But thanks to TJ's instant frozen starter version, you can make it in about ten minutes flat.

    I should mention it costs $1.99, so it's a low risk/high reward situation.

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    So I set out to give it a try. Like most frozen foods, it doesn't look particularly appealing when you remove it from the box.

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    But all you have to do is put the frozen shakshuka base in a small sauté pan, top it with 2 tbsp. of water, and put the lid on while it melts and begins to simmer.

    Stir it once or twice, and in about five minutes, it starts to resemble a chunky tomato sauce. Use the back of a spoon to make two little pockets in the tomato sauce, and crack an egg into each.

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    Place the lid back on the pan to allow the eggs to cook. For a firm egg white but runny yolk, let the eggs cook for about two and a half minutes. If you like your yolk more well done, give it a bit longer.

    Transfer the shakshuka to a bowl to eat it. I added some torn basil, crumbled feta cheese, and red pepper flakes for a little spice, which was a great touch. And there you have it: Eight-minute shakshuka.

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    The consensus: I am officially sold. This shakshuka tastes as good as homemade, but it requires almost zero effort. Honestly, all you have to do is crack the eggs and wash a pan. Add a little salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, and you've got a delicious, low-carb, and hearty breakfast in the same amount of time it would take you to heat up oatmeal or make some toast.

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    Do you have a favorite Trader Joe's product? Tell us in the comments below, and maybe we'll try it next!