When it comes to vegan dining, many first-timers tend to think along these lines:
- How can a bunch of vegetables pack substantial flavor?
- Won’t I end up craving meat?
- I’m going to be so hungry after this.
Cutting meat and dairy out of your diet can be a challenge — to both your culinary skills and your expectations. But with some creativity in the kitchen, vegan eating can be a filling, flavorful and delicious no-meat experience.
If you’re considering becoming a vegan, or just want to try your hand at a Meatless Monday, then we suggest you start with this flavorful, filling and comfort-inducing Spicy Moroccan Root Vegan Vegetable Stew. Don’t let the long ingredients list deter you; using a combination of root vegetables you can find at your local farmers market and some everyday spices you likely already have in your pantry, you can easily make the perfect meat-free dish that carnivores and vegans alike can enjoy.
Serves 4 to 6
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 2 rutabagas
- 2 parsnips
- 3 carrots
- 1 turnip
- 1 onion, red, large
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
- 1 teaspoon coriander, ground
- 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1/3 teaspoons chili pepper, red crushed flakes
- 1 2/3 cups white wine
- 3/4 cup Golden raisins
- 1 2/3 cups Vegetable stock, no sodium
- Pinch kosher salt
- Pinch black pepper
- 4 cups couscous, cooked
- Place almonds in heavy medium skillet. Stir over medium heat until almonds are pale golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer almonds to bowl.
- Peel and cut the root vegetables into desired shapes — batons or wedges look great.
- Add oil to same skillet; increase heat to medium-high. Add root vegetables, cumin, coriander, Madras curry powder, cinnamon stick and red pepper flakes; sauté until vegetables just begin to soften, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add wine and raisins. Boil until wine is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
- Add broth. Partially cover skillet; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Mound couscous on plate. Spoon vegetable topping and juices over. Sprinkle with almonds and serve.
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