Vegetable “Couscous”

I am all about big family style dishes full of vegetables. First of all, its an easy way to get a bunch of veggies in at once, second of all, when they are all mixed up and have sauce on them, it’s harder for my kids to pick out the ones they don’t like (though they still do it). Also, it’s always nice to have leftovers which almost always happens when I make big dishes like this one, (unless I am serving it a party). And personally, I love the flavor created when so many vegetables are combined.

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Here is a dish that I grew up on. My grandma made this often and I always loved it. We always added Harissa hot sauce to ours to give a nice kick. Any hot sauce will do though if you cannot find Harissa. I was gifted a dutch oven a few months ago, and I knew that this recipe was perfect for my new kitchen toy.

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 small butternut squash or pumpkin or something of the like
  • 2 turnips
  • garbanzo beans, 3 cups cooked
  • 3 artichoke hearts, taken from whole artichokes that have been boiled and then the hearts separated (optional)
  • vegan sausage (optional)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cups water
  • olive oil 3 TBS
  • paprika 1tsp
  • coriander 1tsp
  • cumin 2 tsp
  • salt

Note: I prefer to have all the veggies chopped somewhat big for this recipe, about 2 inches. 

Steps

  • Melt the onions in about 3 TBS olive oil, about 4 minutes
  • Add the fresh tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • once heated, add the paprika, then the water
  • once the water is boiling add all the vegetables and spices
  • 20 minutes before removing from heat, add the artichoke hearts and vegan sausage so they can warm up and get some of the flavors.

If like me you choose to make this recipe in a dutch oven, start this whole process on the stove, on medium low heat and then once all the vegetables are in, put the dutch oven in the oven at 350 F, for about 40 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

If you do not have a dutch oven, this dish tastes great made in a large pot on the stove. Just let simmer for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Serve this dish over couscous grain, or any other grain you choose. The couscous grain is the way I was brought up to eat it and I love it that way! Don’t forget the hot sauce!

Do you have a dutch oven? What’s one of your favorite recipes?

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