Moroccan Vegetable Tagine Plant-Based Vegan Recipe

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This Moroccan Vegetable Tagine is a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) oil-free vegan recipe full of delicious dried fruits, high fiber plant-based protein and tantalizing spices.

Recently I was invited to an International Food Tasting Tour at a friend’s house. Each room had a theme, including Asia, South America, Europe, and Africa.

I was in the group assigned to bring food representing Africa. I enjoyed researching the African cuisines of the four main regions, which varies greatly for such a large continent.

This vegetable stew comes from Northern Africa, where it is traditionally made in an earthenware pot with a conical lid to collect the steam. (I just used my skillet.)

It is traditionally served over couscous, which is steamed semolina. (Omit for gluten-free.)

I hope you enjoy this tasty and interesting plant-based dish, as well as the accompanying cooking video.

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

4-6 Servings


2 carrots, sliced diagonally 1/4″ thick
1-2 yellow onions, diced
2 red bell peppers, cut into large dice
2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dried plums (prunes), chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts (optional)
2 tsp. ground turmeric
2 tsp. curry powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. cayenne
2 cinnamon sticks
3 cups vegetable broth
2 cups couscous
4 cups water


Bring 4 cups water to a boil, add couscous while stirring, remove from heat, cover and set aside.

In a large skillet, water saute the carrots for 5 minutes. Add the onion and bell peppers and saute for 5 minutes, adding water a tablespoon at a time to prevent sticking.

Add the dried fruit, spices and 3 cups vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes.

Add the asparagus and simmer 2 minutes. Add an additional cup of vegetable broth if needed.

Serve over couscous.


Inspired by Purple Carrot. 

About the Author:

As a Plant-Based Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach, Stephanie Leach works with individuals and families that are ready to reclaim their health and avoid or reverse chronic conditions by helping them transition to a customized whole food, plant-based diet and lifestyle that works for them.

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