If you didn’t think winter was here before, I’m sure you can’t deny that it’s finally here! What a winter wonderland out there! Simply insane and a big skating rink, and just when you think it’s over, it decides to dump some more messy, white stuff on us! And from my understanding, it’s not just the Big White North up here that’s getting it, something like 22 states are getting piled on! So I hope everyone is staying warm, safe and cozy! To help warm up, (and stay on track with your healthy eating resolutions) tonight for dinner why not try this delicious Moroccan Stew! This is a recipe from a friend of mine (BeanVegan) and it’s absolutely scrumptious! And I cannot forget to mention that it is vegan friendly too for all you vegans out there! Now, don’t be scared away… you could add meat to it or even have it with a side of something like roast beef!
Now if you generally eat fairly healthy, you most likely have a variety of these things and there is no need to head out in this mess!
The ingredients consist of:
2 tsp olive oil
1 medium chopped onion
4 celery talks
1 bell pepper, cubed
2-3 cloves garlic minced
3 cups vegetable broth
2 peeled, cubed, sweet potatoes
1 can tomatoes, drained, rinsed
1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp grated ginger root
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup raisins ( I personally left these out because I do not like raisins)
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
I also added kidney beans to the mix for a little more protein and fibre and who doesn’t love the magical fruit that makes you toot! Now if you add kidney beans (drained and rinsed might I add) you may need to add a little bit more brother because it gets quite thick and there’s not much liquid.
While I chopped up the onions, celery, pepper and garlic (I added an extra clove for more flavour!), I allowed them to sauté in the pot with some olive oil for about as long as it took me to chop everything up. Watch out for the onion, I was bawling by the end of that!
*Note: I ALWAYS eyeball measuring things like spices and what not because that’s what makes cooking and a good cook, or so I think! A little extra chilli powder never hurt anybody! And the more flavour the better. I also threw in some garlic plus seasoning we had kicking around. I loooooove garlic!
Next, add all the other ingredients except for the peanut butter, cilantro and raisins (if you decide to add those of course) and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes or so. I had to head out, so I allowed it to simmer and turned it down after 20 minutes and it probably sat for about 2 hours which with stew I find it is the best to let it sit longer!
I then came home, or whenever you’re done allowing it to simmer, and add the last three ingredients and let it simmer for at least 5 more minutes, or longer. Now I just used plain Kraft Smooth PB, but next time I would probably use a natural peanut butter so there is not as much sugar in the stew. But it still tasted delicious! The peanut butter tends to freak people out though, but it’s what makes it all thick like a stew. And really, unless you know it’s in there you cannot taste it!
This was a hit in this household and I know this because it was actually suppose to be for dinner tonight, and after making a HUGE pot of it, there’s about a bowl left. We paired it with a roast on the side, but it can be enjoyed alone or even with the meat in it ! Enjoy! And let me know how your’s turns out !