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You'll have no problems getting your daily veggie servings with this Moroccan Tajine recipe! You can see how many healthy things are packed into this dish, so you really can't go wrong if you make this for dinner.
This recipe was too tasty not to share.
I had never heard of Moroccan Tajine before this so I had to look it up to find out more about it. For one thing, you may see it spelled as tagine and the term, tajine actually refers to two things.
One is a type of pot the mostly used in North African cooking and especially for slow-cooked stews. The other thing tajine often refers to are the spicy and delicious meals and thick stews cooked in these special pots.
Moroccan Tajine Pots
These great pots are traditionally made of clay but some newer companies may use other materials.
The bottom is more shallow and the top is shaped like a cone. The design allows steam to rise up into the top of the lid and then it condenses and falls back down to moisten the food as it cooks.
The one shown here gets great reviews and I think, worth the investment. Dishes cooked in these pots come out very tender and the flavors diffuse and meld perfectly.
This Moroccan tajine recipe is low carb, and also gluten and dairy free. We threw in olives, chicken, artichokes, onions, garlic, and more. And you can't forget about the spices like coriander and turmeric,making super healthy as well.
The process to make this is really not difficult at all. Prepare the meat and veggies by washing and chopping could be the hardest part.
Of course, you have to monitor water levels as your food cooks. Essentially, cover the meat with liquid throughout the cooking process.
We used water, but you could also use some bone broth for even more added nutritional value.
Now if you're inclined to buy a tajine you can make the same type of dishes in a Dutch oven which you may already have.
Of course, if you want to adapt this Moroccan tajine recipe to your preferences or to your specific food sensitivities, you can easily do so. Change up the vegetables, change up the meat, play with the spices, you get the idea.
In addition, if you're not too worried about carbs, you can even serve this over rice or quinoa. Why not add garbanzo and other types of beans to the pots for even more substance?
A Few Key Ingredients
You may know this great spice by the name cilantro. This is one spice that I love and can't get enough of. If you've read about my dad's garden on other posts, you know he grows things really well.
Cilantro is one of those things that just grows well almost on it's own and it surrounds his garden. I simply walk out back and grab some, rinse it off, and throw into whatever I'm eating.
Since I believe we crave what we need, I wondered what cilantro does for the body. I read a post that listed several health benefits.
This herb is known as one of the better herbs for detox, but I had no idea it also helped the skin and so much more!
A post by Dr. Axe all about artichokes, reports that artichokes are high in fiber, are a wonderful antioxidant and also assist with liver detox.
Onion and Garlic
Garlic and onions are nutritional treasures. Filled with sulfur compounds and packed with flavor, they help fight infections, promote hearth health and even possess anti-cancer properties.
We discussed all the wonderful benefits of the anti-inflammatory spice, turmeric in a previous post. To quote ourselves,
"Turmeric is an Asian spice normally found in a mix of curry powder (curry usually contains nightshades in the spice blend). This spice contains a potent compound called Curcumin.
Now this is not something I would have hanging around. This article does a nice job of explaining how to prepare preserved onions yourself.
Here's a simple way to mimic these lemons although I am not convinced it will be quite as special as the traditional Moroccan version. That said, it will still allow you to make a great Tajine dish.
Here's how to do it. Take a lemon and slice it thinly. Then cook it in hot oil on low heat in a saute pan. Add a little salt and sugar and cook until soft. Once they've cooled, you can chop them up and use them.
I have to admit, I did not make this one myself. The lady who made it has allowed me to post it and as you can see, she is a talented cook for sure! What I love about this dish is really all the varieties you can make. Of course, you will really love the flavor and can feel very good about feeding it to your family becuase it doesn't get much better than this.
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- Place the tajine on the fire
- Add the olive oil, onions, garlic, coriander, spices and lemon (cut into small pieces).
- Mix all the ingredients well.
- Add meat, then heat over medium heat until meat is brown for about 10 minutes.
- Turn the meat on the other side, cover and cook another 10 minutes.
- Add enough boiled water, to cover the tajine and cook for another 15 minutes.
- Next you can place the artichoke hearts and tomato on the meat
- Add some more water to cover and let it cook for 20 minutes or until cooked.
- From time to time, check the tajine and add water if necessary.
- There should always be enough liquid to cover the meat perfectly.
- Serve it immediately and decorate it with the olives