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VEGETABLE TAGINE WITH APRICOT QUINOA by Niomi Smart

Niomi Smart's beautifully vibrant vegan recipe is a good source of iron and gives you all 5 of your 5-a-day!


PREP: 30 MINS

COOK: 45 MINS

SERVES: 4


Ingredients:

For the tagine

1 tsp coconut oil or olive oil

1 red onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

½ butternut squash (500g), chopped into large chunks

2 red peppers, chopped

400g can chickpeas, drained

400g can chopped tomatoes

500ml vegan vegetable stock (such as Marigold Vegan Bouillon Powder)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp turmeric

2 tsp paprika

Small bunch coriander, chopped

Small bunch mint, chopped, plus extra to serve

Pomegranate seeds, to serve (optional)

For the apricot quinoa

280g quinoa

80g dried apricots, chopped

20g flaked almonds, toasted

For the dressing

4 tbsp tahini

2 tsp preserved lemon, finely chopped, plus 2 tsp liquid from the jar

6 tbsp almond milk


Method:

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion over a medium heat for 3 mins. Add the garlic and butternut squash, and cook for a further 7 mins.

2. Add the remaining vegetables and continue to fry for 3 mins before adding the chickpeas, tomatoes and stock, along with the spices and seasoning. Simmer for 30 mins, uncovered. Meanwhile, put 750ml water in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, then add the quinoa and cook for 20 mins. When cooked, stir in the apricots and almonds, plus a pinch of salt.

3. To make the tahini dressing, whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl. Season with a pinch of salt.

4. Serve the quinoa with the tagine, and drizzle the tahini dressing over the top. Scatter over some chopped coriander and mint and the pomegranate seeds, if using, to finish.


Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2017


https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/vegetable-tagine-apricot-quinoa?fbclid=IwAR3blQYY6zAASj2bu-uFE85Gvnk69JPuMlGub023AJ-cIup2-vVpYJ4h86g


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