Now take a good look at this picture.
Don't tell me that this doesn't look jaw dropping delicious? (you know it does).
So this weeks Meat Free Monday recipe is a spin on a classic dish that stems from the heart of North Africa.
Moroccan and Algerian tagine dishes are slow cooked savoury stews that are typically made with meat, poultry or fish and combined with vegetables, spices, nuts and dried fruit for a sweet - savoury taste. But clearly we will be ditching the meat and jazzing it up a little.
Bursting with flavour and packed with nutrients, if you are looking for a deeply satisfying meal you'd be wise to give this one a shot.
Here's the ingredients
300g Butternut squash cut into 1-inch pieces
1 can of chickpeas drained (or can soak and boil your own)
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 medium onion, finely sliced
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 teaspoons of chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground corriander
1/4 teaspoon tumeric
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1.4 teaspoon hot chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon tomato puree
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to taste (optional)
400ml vegetable stock
50g pitted dates
20g blanched whole almonds
Pinch of fresh coriander, chopped.
How to make it
Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and ginger and cook until the onions have softened and the water has evaporated.
Now add the dry spices and cook for 3 - 4 minutes on a low heat so that the flavours infuse and release. Like there's a party going on in the pan and all the flavours are invited.
(its' at this point I usually put on some music and have a little shimmy around the kitchen)
Add the butternut squash, chickpeas and tomato puree, stir well and cook with them covered on a low heat for 5 minutes.
When the squash has started to soften, whack in the vegetable stock, the dates and the almonds.
Simmer for a further 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the dates and almonds have lost their inhibitions and released their full flavours, melded into the chickpeas and butternut squash.
Remove form the heat and serve. Sprinkle your creation with a little fresh coriander, sit back and marvel at the taste sensation you have just created!