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Moroccan Style Vegetable Stew with Olive Gremolata

June 2, 2019

This is a great vegetarian stew to make for company or through the week- and a great recipe to post for meatless Monday!! It does have a whole lot of ingredients but most of them are very common and are usually in a pantry. Harissa is a Moroccan style condiment that is made with red peppers and can have some heat as well… it is commonly found in super markets…

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 large yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 14 ounces can of tomatoes (I used fire roasted with green chilies)
  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into small florets
  • 1 14 ounces can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 to 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • Salt

Heat a large saucepan with the olive oil. Add the onion and cook on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cinnamon, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper. Saute for 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the garlic and dates and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the harissa paste, tomato paste and flour. Saute for another 2 minutes. Add the carrots and pepper. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cauliflower and chickpeas. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes and add the water or broth. Bring to a boil and add 2 teaspoons salt. Lower the heat and cover with lid and cook for 20 minutes. Take the lid off and continue cooking till the consistency is of a thick stew. Check for seasonings and keep aside.


  • ½ cup green olives, chopped (I used olives stuffed with garlic)
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup golden raisins, chopped
  • Zest of one large lemon

Mix the olives, parsley, raisins and lemon zest in a small bowl. Top the stew and serve.


Spinach Polenta

September 25, 2018
  • Shrimp in Poblano Sauce and Spinach Polenta2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup chopped and thawed (frozen) spinach, excess water squeezed
  • 1 cup fine polenta
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 cups broth
  • ½ cup Monterey jack cheese, grated
  • Salt

Heat a medium saucepan with olive oil. Add the pine nuts and raisins and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the spinach and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the milk and the broth and bring to a boil. Slowly add the polenta while stirring constantly. Cook according to box instructions. Add the cheese and check for seasonings. Serve with shrimp.

Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew with Olive, Raisin and Cilantro Gremolata

July 28, 2014

This is a fabulous dish to impress your vegetarian friends. I made this Moroccan style stew with delicious quinoa. I also topped the goodness with a mixture of green olives, raisins and cilantro.

  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons roasted cumin seeds, crushed
  • 1 cookie sheet, lined with aluminum foil

Preheat oven to broil.

Place the cauliflower florets onto the cookie sheet. Add the oil, salt and cumin. Mix well and roast for 30 minutes till the florets are golden brown. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Salt
  • 2 cans chickpeas, washed and drained

Heat a large saucepan with olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and sauté for a minute. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Add the flour and sauté for a minute. Add the chicken broth and chickpeas. Bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Check for seasonings and add salt as necessary. Garnish with gremolata and serve with quinoa.

Olive Gremolata

  • ½ cup green olive (I used the ones that are stuffed with garlic), chopped
  • ¼ cup golden raisin, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Mix the olives, raisins and cilantro in a small bowl. Sprinkle on the stew and serve.

Chicken with Chorizo on Raisin and Pine Nut Couscous

November 5, 2013

I have to say, this is one of my favorite, recent recipes I have come up with. I am not sure what inspired me- but I am sure I was either reading or watching something or someone cook a dish with chorizo or chicken. As I have mentioned many times before, I love Latin flavors including ancho chili powder. My other favorite ingredient is chorizo. If I could, I would eat chorizo everyday- but the reality is that it is high in fat and calories… so, it is perfect to use as a flavor enhancer and not as the main protein.  I also used chicken thighs but one can use chicken breast and make the dish healthier.

The chicken and chorizo are cooked like a stew in a mixture of chicken broth and orange juice. This fall/winter, I have been using loads of fresh oranges and orange juice. I love the sweet and savory the fruit imparts in all dishes.

I served the stew with a quick raisin and pine nut couscous. I like to use whole wheat couscous to incorporate more whole grains into our diets. I also served a yummy salad .. coming up tomorrow.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, skinless, bone in
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup fresh chorizo, casings off (about 2 to 3 large links) crumbled
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice of 2 Clementines
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add the flour, salt and pepper in a wide platter. Dredge the chicken lightly in the flour. Heat a large saucepan with the oil and brown the chicken pieces on both sides for 2 minutes each. Take out and keep aside. Reheat the oil and add the chorizo. Saute on medium high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken, orange juice, chicken broth and ancho chili powder. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Cover and let cook for 20 minutes. Take the lid off and increase the heat to high. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Check for seasonings and add salt and garnish with cilantro.

Couscous with Raisins and Pine Nuts

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous

Heat a medium saucepan with the olive oil. Add the raisins and pine nuts and sauté on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and salt. Bring to a boil and add the couscous. Place the lid and turn the heat off. Let stand for fifteen minutes and fluff with a fork. Serve with the chicken.

Rice Dish Cooked with Raisins: Kishmish Pulao

August 17, 2009

Raisin Pulao It’s nice to have a few rice dishes in your weekday repertoire. This is on top of my list.

I realize a lot of people don’t like sweet things in their meal. Most people I know including my daughter don’t like the idea of having raisins in their rice. I love it- especially accompanied with a spicy dish. I love the bursts of sweetness in my mouth paired with the creamy rice grains, smoky cumin seeds and savory onions. I could eat this just by itself as a meal- with some raita– it would be a complete meal.

We made it with the fish curry and the cucumber and tomato salad. The curry was spiced with ajwain and onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes. The sweet golden raisins were paired beautifully with the savory fish dish. This versatile pulao can be served with any kind of protein. 

I like using golden raisins instead of the dark ones. The lighter ones have more of a tang to them compared to the dark ones which tend to be mostly over sweet. I also like using currants in rice and couscous dishes- same concept of pairing savory flavor with sweet. Obviously any kind of raisins will work in this dish but I would recommend the lighter ones.

It’s an easy delicious side dish to make for any kind of meal- enjoy!

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