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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Homemade Tofu Burgers

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: May 22, 2012
Yield: 8 servings
Time needed: 15-20 minutes

Made these as a contribution to a pot-luck dinner and they were much appreciated. This recipe makes 8 generous size tofu patties. For the pot-luck I made the patties much smaller.

Tofu comes in several forms from a soft, satiny texture to a solid extra-firm. This recipe doesn’t specify which to use. I used a firm tofu and found it worked well. However, a reference to keeping the “batter” in the fridge suggests a softer tofu may be intended—one that could be cooked up like pancakes.

Homemade Tofu Burgers

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Sweet & Pungent Vegetable Curry

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: April 2, 2013
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

Prior preparation needed
Soak and cook beans

This is a thick, sweet curry sauce to serve over rice, bulgur or whatever you please.  I chose to use adzuki beans today.

Soybeans or lima beans would have made a better picture and also allowed the curry flavour to stand out more.  But it is a very good dish whatever the colour of the beans.

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Potato Soup

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: May 24, 2012
Yield: 3-4 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

I love potato soup and this is one of the best recipes for potato soup I have come across. It can also be made in infinite variations with the addition of ham, cheese, ground meat, dumplings, or corn or whatever takes your fancy. I needed to use up some cauliflower so that is what I added today.

You might like to compare this recipe with Old Fashioned Potato Soup from Diet for a Small Planet.

Potato Soup
2 Tbsp. butter
½ cup (125 mL) chopped onion
3 cups (750 mL) diced potato
2 cups (500 mL) water or vegetable broth
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ cup (60 mL) celery with leaves, chopped
½ cup (125 mL) carrots, diced or shredded
1/8 to ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, dried marjoram, celery salt, dried dill weed, or paprika
2 cups (500 mL) milk
2 Tbsp. flour
Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Chop, dice or shred the vegetables as indicated.
Melt butter in a large saucepan.
Add onion and sauté until translucent
Add vegetables, water (or broth) and seasonings.
Cover and cook until vegetables are tender—about 15 minutes.

(If you would like a creamy soup, take some of the cooked vegetables and pureé them. Then return to saucepan and continue.)

Mix a bit of milk into flour to make a smooth paste.

Continue adding the rest of the milk to the flour, keeping the mix smooth.
Add milk/flour mix to soup and cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley

The second picture above shows the “Cheeseburger Variation”. To make this delight add 1/2 lb/250g browned ground meat and 1 cup/250ml shredded cheese to the basic soup. Just before serving stir in 1/4 cup/60 ml plain yogurt. In summertime add a garnish of finely shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.

 

Ancient Persian Salad

Source: 12 Months of Monastery Salads
Date tried: Nov. 3, 2014
Yield:6-8 servings
Time needed: 1/2 hour

This is very good. I love these dark greens. And so good for you, too as they are rich in vitamins and minerals.  Apparently the ancient Persians considered they helped children grow properly and so served them often. Adding cooked chicken or tuna makes it a whole meal.  For a side salad, use only the vegetables.

Ancient Persian Salad

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