This is a fresh and simple twist on Moroccan cooking with a base of tomatoes, lentils and spices. In this vegetarian version, butternut squash fills the role of beef. It's a hearty, healthy, and spicy stew to provide warmth and energy in winter.
While I've prepared this in a crockpot, I've included instructions for those of you who don't have one.
Moroccan stew makes a great stand-alone meal, and also works well on top of couscous or alongside hearty whole-grain bread.
Step 1: Ingredients
For a 6-quart recipe, you'll need:
-1 butternut squash
-1 can stewed tomatoes
-1 can chickpeas
-2/3 C split red lentils
-1/3 C chili flakes
-1 cube vegetable bouillon
-1 t cinnamon
-large metal spoon
-6-quart crockpot or large stewpot
Step 2: Prepare the Squash
Scrub the squash, then peel it with a vegetable peeler. Cut off the top and bottom ends. Chop off the base of the squash, then split the base down the middle to expose the core of seeds. Use a large metal spoon to scrape away the seeds and guts. Consider baking the seeds as a snack! Dice the squash into 1-inch cubes.
Step 3: Fill the Pot
Add the squash to the pot first, followed by stewed tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas and spices. Pour in enough water to cover the ingredients. Stir well.
Step 4: Let it Simmer
Cover the crockpot and set to high heat for four hours, stir and serve.
Bring to a boil, stirring every five minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the squash has a tender texture (try cutting it with a spoon).
Step 5: Enjoy!
Some of my favorite serving options are in a bowl alongside hearty bread, or ladled over couscous. This stew makes great leftovers, as the flavor will mature the next day.