Harvest Stew with a Touch of Moroccan Flare
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- Dash of salt
- 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 12 oz. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into large chunks
- 3/4 pound butternut or acorn squash, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 3/4 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 12-14 oz. cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 14-15 oz. chick peas, drained and rinsed
- 1 14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, with juices
- 1 1/2 cups couscous
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 2 cups water
- Dash of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup green olives, sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 oz/ plain Greek yogurt
- 2 oz. slivered almonds (optional)
- In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Once heated, add the cumin, cinnamon, garlic cloves, and salt. Turn heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent (around 4-5 minutes).
- Add squash, potatoes, and chicken. Stir to coat with the spices and onions. Turn heat back up to medium-high heat and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add broth, chickpeas, and tomatoes. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce medium to medium-low. Cover and simmer until squash and potatoes are fork tender and the chicken is no longer pink (about 15 minutes).
- While the stew is cooking, bring the water to a violent boil in a large sauce pan. Add the couscous, salt, and pepper. Stir, cover, and remove from the heat. Let it stand for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir to fluff it up.
- Serve each plate with 1/4th of the couscous, topped with 1/4th of the stew and garnish with 1/4th of the cilantro, yogurt, and almonds (optional).
- Make a little extra couscous and freeze it to have it at the ready. It can be quickly thawed in the microwave and used for a warm cereal in the morning by adding a few nuts and fresh fruit.
- For a little sweetness, add 1/4 cup of golden raisins to couscous when it is removed from the heat.
- Consider garnishing with a little lemon zest.
- The butter is just for flavoring and can be omitted to decrease the calories and saturated fat in the dish.
- To make the dish vegetarian, omit the chicken. It is still really tasty.