North African Moroccan Bean & Pepper Vegetarian Stew
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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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
You Will Need
large stock pot with cover
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: Approx. 45 minutes
- 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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- Place broth, sweet potatoes, squash, peppers and craisins in a large pot. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 5 - 8 minutes.
- Add spices, kidney beans, chick peas, tomatoes and almonds. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to simmer.
- Cook for about 15 minutes covered or until squash and potatoes are tender. Remove from heat.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro and almonds if desired. May be served over brown rice.
Cinnamon & Cumin are the most used ingredients in many Moroccan dishes.
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