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Moroccan Butternut stew Well it is meat free Monday again. I always go on the hunt for  new vegetarian recipes and came across this one last week. In fact it was so delicious that I am going to make it again for dinner tonight.

Original recipe makes 8 servings
  • 1 cup French green lentils

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 2 whole garlic cloves

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon crushed hot chilli flakes

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 cup chopped onions

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 cup chopped zucchini

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced

  • 1 butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained

  • 4 cups vegetable stock

  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (optional)

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the lentils, bay leaves, and whole garlic cloves. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer lentils until they are cooked but still firm, about 10 minutes. Drain well. Place lentils in a bowl; toss with olive oil, thyme, and 1 tablespoon chopped garlic. Remove bay leaves and whole garlic cloves; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in chili flakes, cinnamon, cumin, and coriander and cook until fragrant. Add garlic, onion, celery, zucchini, red and yellow peppers, and squash; cook 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Mix in the lentils, tomatoes, chickpeas, and vegetable stock. Raise heat to medium-high until stew just begins to boil; reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer until squash is tender, about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add the chopped parsley. Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with a dollop of yogurt, some chopped mint, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Moroccan Butternut stew