Moroccan Chickpea Stew

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Summer seems to be exiting the Northeast early this year, much to my dismay.  A week and a half ago, I was walking out the door in tank top and shorts, and all of a sudden I need at least two layers and a wool coat to avoid freezing my butt off!  It’s not that it’s cold, per se, but that it went from unseasonably warm to unseasonably cool in the span of about ten days.

That said, the one thing I really enjoy about cooler weather is hot food.  Soup, stew, organic ramen, coffee, tea…anything warmer than the air outside.  Now that fall is rolling around, I intend to pull out a ton of soup and stew recipes, along with things like my favorite veggie loaf ever.

Take this, for example:

moroccan chickpea stew

Robin Robertson’s Moroccan Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew from 1,000 Vegan Recipes.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an absolute sucker for sweet potatoes in pretty much any form.  This is a recipe I’ve skimmed multiple times before, but I always passed it up due to a lack of fresh green beans.  Fortunately, the garden is putting out its fair share of green beans, so last week I snagged myself a sweet potato and went to town with this stuff.

moroccan stew served

I love Moroccan-style spice blends.  Cinnamon automatically makes anything feel warming, and it made a nice compliment to the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes.  I had some couscous left, so I cooked that up and served the stew over it.

moroccan stew and couscous

Although I tend to make a ton of one-pot meals anyway, there’s something particularly satisfying about serving up a hearty stew like this after a cool and dreary day.  I love how it makes you feel all warm inside.

Question for the comments:
What’s your favorite dish to make once the seasons turn to fall?


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  2. Nicole  September 15, 2010

    I’m pretty sure I saw you post on Twitter about this and I immediately broke open 1,000 Vegan Recipes and copied down the recipe! I still haven’t made it yet but I’m thinking it might happen today- it looks delicious!

    • Sam  September 15, 2010

      Glad I could offer inspiration! 🙂 If you do make it, let me know what you think. I’m warming up the leftovers for my mom and I tonight, hehe…