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North African Moroccan Bean & Pepper Vegetarian Stew

Updated on February 20, 2017

Great Stew for People with Dietary Restrictions

It seems that finding recipes that do not use onions or garlic is almost impossible. Many medications do not mix well with some spices, and for those who are allergic to garlic it can cause pain as severe as a heart attack.When I discovered a Moroccan Stew recipe I saw how I could easily make substitutions and still end up with a great tasting meal that is healthy and rich in antioxidants. My Moroccan Bean and Pepper Vegetarian Stew recipe contains cinnamon and ginger, two of the super antioxidants and it’s also diabetic friendly.

You will find this one pot stew easy to make, boasts a great taste while bursting with color, and it goes a long way. Serve it alone or over brown rice.

If you like this recipe you may also want to try my West African Vegetarian Stew. Look for more recipes by me on this site as well.

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Where is Morocco? - A bit of info and fun facts.

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About Morocco

Morocco is located on the West coast of North Africa near the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean with a population estimated at 34 million. The capital city of this country is Rabat with 640,000 residents and its largest city is the romantic Casablanca where 3.2 million people dwell.

It borders Algeria on the East side, Spain and Gibraltar are north, and Mauritania lies south.

Since 1956 the Kingdom of Morocco has enjoyed political freedom. The official language is Arabic. Fish, fruit, wheat and minerals are its chief exports.

The Northwest side (Mediterranean) of Morocco seems to get the most tourists, but there are plenty of places to visit all around. If you are visiting Morocco you may like to spend some time in these famous locations: Melilla, Tangier, Marrakech and Casablanca. There is a wide range of hotels, but it would be wise not to stay at the inexpensive ones. You may even want to stay in one of the local town houses to get the full experience of the culture.

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The Food of Morocco Cookbook - Paula Wolfert the "Queen of Mediterranean Cooking.

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What to use in place of garlic or onions:

If you have garlic or onion allergies, substitute another aromatic vegetable such as celery in the recipe.

For a sweet or flowery taste saut fennel. It can also be used as a garnish.

Squeeze lemon juice on food in place of salt.

Try Japanese radish (daikon) with mushroom powder for a milder flavor.

Use a small amount of Indian spice called asafetida. Although it has a strong aroma, it mellows as it cooks.

My North Africa Moroccan Bean & Pepper Vegetarian Stew

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Stew Ingredients

Stew Ingredients
Stew Ingredients

You Will Need

large stock pot with cover


measuring cup

large spoon

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: Approx. 45 minutes

Serves: 8-10


  • 2 cups vegetarian broth
  • 2 cups peeled & cubed butternut squash
  • 1 pound peeled & cubed sweet potatoes
  • 1 chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans
  • drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins - dried cranberries
  • cup slivered natural almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cumin
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon ground red pepper
  • teaspoon ground sea salt
  • Optional - Cilantro for garnish

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  1. Place broth, sweet potatoes, squash, peppers and craisins in a large pot. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 5 - 8 minutes.
  2. Add spices, kidney beans, chick peas, tomatoes and almonds. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to simmer.
  3. Cook for about 15 minutes covered or until squash and potatoes are tender. Remove from heat.
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro and almonds if desired. May be served over brown rice.
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Cinnamon & Cumin are the most used ingredients in many Moroccan dishes.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love trying new foods like this.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @Mamabyrd: Thanks.

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      This recipe look delicious and simple!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @Diana Wenzel: My husband wasn't used to it either, but found he really likes this one. If you don't like it, you never have to make it again :) Nice to see you again.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @KerryVor: Yep, I'm collecting them when I see one I can switch some of the ingredients. Nice to see you Kerry.

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      Kerry Voronoff 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      There are a lot of Vegetarian Indian dishes out there that don't contain garlic or onion. Cheers.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      This has been a great learning experience. I am just not familiar with Moroccan cooking. I'm pretty sure I would like it. Thanks for the stew recipe.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      This Moroccan stew sounds really tasty. I enjoy stews and this is one I find tantalizing and one for the pot since I enjoy the ingredients and spices included. Thank You for stopping by Savory Tomato Marmalade Recipe lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the tomato marmalade. Bon Appetit!

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      ilovehaagendazs 4 years ago

      i feel hungry already!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @LiteraryMind: I agree, it does make a room smell nice.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @webmavern: I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and let me know how you like it or if you made any changes that others may like.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @vineliner57: The photos are my own. Glad you liked them and hope you get a chance to make this recipe.

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      Love new things.. to me. I have never had Moroccan food before so this is a real treat to see. Yay, soon to be seen on a table near me!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @kathysart: It doesn't taste like a usual stew, so you may want to tweak it to taste. I hope you like it. My husband really does.

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      BestGifts2U 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great stew recipe. I haven't made moroccan for a while and will make a fantastic new addition to the meal planning.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This looks great. I love the smell of Moroccan food as it's cooking. The spicy aroma is wonderful.

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your recipe! It sounds very tasty without being too spicy, just right for me. We'll have to give it a try.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Thank you for your delicious recipe and congrats for your great lens!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      You are quite correct about cinnamon and it's antioxidant properties. Love the Moroccan stew pictures!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is another stew to try. Thanks for sharing.

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      Paladins 4 years ago

      I have bookmarked this lens and will make this stew soon. It looks delicious. Thank you.

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      That stew has dual appeal to the eye and the imaginary portion of my palate. Thanks for sharing. I hope to try it soon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your Moroccan stew sounds and looks alluring. I like both butternut squash and Craisins and am surprised to see them in a stew....and yummily so! My Mom has been very sensitive to both garlic and onions for years, so I sure do understand the need some have to make substitutions because she can get very sick for days and is also sensitive to citrus, so can't use lemon either. Beautifully and deliciously presented! :)

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      ChefWilliam 4 years ago

      looks wonderful, I will try it this next Monday, Nice Lens

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      Blackspaniel1 4 years ago

      I'd try it.

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      collegeoptional 4 years ago

      This looks delicious.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @Camden1: Or maybe even breakfast :) Thanks for visiting Camden.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @timetoact: Thanks for visiting my stew recipe. I made some yesterday and my husband had it for breakfast and then again for dinner. He took the remaining stew for lunch today. It actually takes better the second day. I hope you get a chance to make it. Appreciate your visit and comment.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      Yummy! Sounds like a wonderful (and healthy) dish for a cold evening!

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      timetoact 4 years ago

      Thanks for making the recipe printable. It's printed and I hope my wife will prepare it soon.

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      jolou 4 years ago

      This has lots of healthy ingredients. I didn't know cinnamon was so healthy.