Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: July 25, 2017
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed:1 hour

This is a delicious and quite an impressive dinner fit for company.
In spite of the long ingredient list, it is fairly simple to make.

Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous

Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 3/4” strips
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tsp. turmuric
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
14 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp crushed saffron threads (optional)
4 medium carrots cut into 1” lengths
1 butternut squash, pared, seeded and cut into 2” pieces
1 15-oz can unsweetened tomatoes
1 cup vegetable stock, vegetable bouillon or water
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1” chunks
1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
1/2 cup raisins

3 cups water or 2 cups vegetable stock or vegetable bullion with 1 cup water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 1/2 cup whole wheat couscous
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted

In a large saucepan, heat 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat.
Add onions and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned (6-8 minutes)
Add bell pepper, garlic, turnuric, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cayenne and saffron.
Stir for one minute.

Stir in the carrots and butternut squash, tomatoes with their juice and vegetable stock.
Bring to a simmer over high heat, then lower heat and cover.
Simmer 20-30 minutes until vegetables are just tender.

Stir in zucchini, garbanzo beans and raisins.
Cover and continue to simmer another 5-10 minutes.

In a separate saucepan, combine oil, salt and water and bring to a boil over high heat.
Stir in the couscous and remove immediately from heat.
Cover and let stand until couscous has absorbed all the liquid. (about 5 minutes)

To serve, place couscous in a warmed serving platter.
Make a well in the centre of the couscous.
Using a slotted spoon lift vegetables from liquid and set in the well.
Pour tagine cooking liquid over vegetables and couscous.
Garnish with toasted almonds and serve.

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