A Moroccan-inspired Roast Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

Moroccan-inspired chickpea stew

When I first transitioned to a vegan diet, I wanted to make sure I was doing it right and getting the correct nutrients.  I didn’t fancy losing my hair or teeth or having other bits drop off as various people warned me would happen.   So I consulted friend, cook and nutritionist Lou Marchionne who sent me away with some sensible advice, a list of nutrition tips and some recipes to get me started.

Then, when I started Miller Green, as well as teaching me how to make the best farinata I’ve ever eaten, Lou also helped me develop/improve a couple of lovely dishes.  This is one of them.

We originally called it Moroccan Chickpea Stew but, as the arguments about cultural appropriation raged, decided to change the name to the less inflammatory Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Stew.  Not as exotic sounding, but it still tastes delicious.  You can call it what you like!

 

A Moroccan-inspired Roast Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

Ingredients

1 red onion roughly chopped
2 sticks celery, finely diced
2 peppers, different colours if possible, roughly chopped
1 small aubergine, roughly chopped
1 carrot roughly chopped
1 tsp grd cumin
1 tbsp smoked paprika for roasting the veg
Additional tsp smoked paprika for the stew
Big pinch chilli powder
1/2 tsp grd coriander
1/2 tsp grd cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 dried apricots, chopped
2 dates, chopped
4 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 cloves of garlic
1 tins of tomatoes
30ml orange juice
Tin of chick peas
Couple of sloshes of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Serves 4

Method

Toss the aubergine with some olive oil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper in a baking tray and roast in the oven at 200C for about 20 minutes.  Do the same with the carrot and pepper in a separate baking tray.  Remove from the oven and set aside

 

Whilst the aubergine, peppers and carrots are in the oven, add a slosh of olive oil to a largish saucepan and allow it to heat up a little before throwing in the onion and celery.  Stir and cover with a lid.  Let the onion soften a little and then add the spices – cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric.  Cook for 20-30 minutes on a low heat, checking and stirring regularly.  Add a little water if the ingredients start to stick to the pan.  Then add the dates, apricots, sun dried tomato, orange juice and garlic and cook for 5 minutes on low heat, covered with a lid.

Add the tin of tomatoes and roast carrot and pepper and cook over low heat for a further 10 minutes*.   Add the chickpeas and cook for 5 minutes.  Finally, add the aubergine pieces last so that they don’t fall apart.

Lovely served with couscous – chuck in some chopped apple, parsley, apricot, pistachio – whatever you fancy.  Have it hot, or stir through a bit of vinaigrette or oil and lemon juice and eat it cold.  If you’re gluten free, just replace the couscous with brown rice.

Top Tip

If you have the time, let the tomatoes cook down for longer – half an hour or even more.  That will really release the sugars and make for a deeper, richer sauce.  Just make sure the stew doesn’t dry out by keeping the lid on the pan and stirring regularly.  You can also add a spot of water if necessary



No more deliveries… but exciting recipes for your vegan cooking

After six years of delivering vegan meals to the discerning folk of Bristol, the Miller Green kitchen has closed. It was an enormous joy and privilege running Miller Green but the time felt right to stop and other challenges were calling.

When we started in 2015, there was very little choice if you didn’t want to eat animal products and what there was wasn’t particularly inspiring. Our aim was to show that vegan food could be delicious as well as being good for animals, health and the planet. I hope we have achieved that.

Over the years, we worked with some wonderful colleagues and served some lovely customers – we seemed to attract the nicest people! We learnt a lot about how to bring out the best in plant-based ingredients and we shared some of what we learnt in our cookery courses.

Of course, we’re in a very different culinary world now, particularly here in Bristol and I like to think we played our part in helping to make vegan normal! There is a wonderful choice of plant-based food out there and it is increasing rapidly. I don’t see the trend slowing down or stopping. Even if you don’t see yourself going the full vegan, eating more vegetable and less animal makes sense in every way.

Having learnt so much, we are not going to disappear completely. We will continue to share our knowledge and recipes through this website. Eventually our entire repertoire – and more – will be here for the taking, along with hints and tips on getting the best out of plant-based ingredients. I also hope that we will be able to run the occasional course and supper club in the future as well. We’ll keep you posted.

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In her series for Miller Green, Sally is going to take one plant-based ingredient each month and analyse its health giving, anti-aging properties and its role in a balanced diet.  And we are going to come up with a lovely recipe using that ingredient in case  you fancy cooking it at home.

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