Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, and Chickpea Tagine

As Sukkot (and my vacation) draws to a close (ok, there’s a few more days left) I’d like to leave you with a recipe I developed for a meat-free Sukkot menu for the Jew and the Carrot. Sukkot is one of those rare Jewish holidays that doesn’t have prescribed dishes and while it’s all about the harvest, many still include meat on their table. I propose a vegetarian Sukkot to truly celebrate the harvest. This comforting, Moroccan-inspired tagine is so hearty it will satisfy even the most carnivorous guest or family member. Continue reading “Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, and Chickpea Tagine”

Round Zucchini Stuffed with Couscous

For some reason, round zucchini didn’t make it into my diet much back home. You don’t see them often in New York, or maybe I just wasn’t looking. As soon as I spotted them in Israel, though, I knew exactly what to do with them. Round zucchini, if you haven’t had them, are the ideal vehicles for stuffing of almost any kind. They’re easily hollowed out with a spoon, and – bonus – they look pretty. They make for neat little packages that are fun and elegant to serve to company or, well, any night of the week. I kept the courgettes (sorry – that’s me slipping into British English there) vegetarian and stuffed them with couscous, but anything you can dream up will work – ground meat, other vegetables, any number of grains – go nuts. Continue reading “Round Zucchini Stuffed with Couscous”

Chicken Tagine, Minus the Tagine

A tagine is both the name of a type of slow cooked North African dish and the pot it is supposed to be cooked in. Large and conical in shape, I have long wanted a tagine but have yet to justify such a single-purpose space hog. I’ve promised myself that when I finally get to Morocco I’ll get one. Fortunately, you can obtain the flavors of a tagine dish without the specialty cookware (not exactly, but close). In fact, I don’t even have a lid for the large pan I used, but tin foil proved to be a worthy substitute. Continue reading “Chicken Tagine, Minus the Tagine”

Couscous Salad with Dates and Almonds

Whether you’re looking for an elegant side or a quick weeknight dish to round out a meal, this couscous salad is your answer. Seriously simple to prepare, the unexpected flavors meld together as sweet and savory intermingle. Don’t let anyone tell you they don’t like dates until they’ve tried them in this salad. They lend a hint of honey-caramel sweetness and just the right touch of chewy texture as they play with the pillowy couscous and herbaceous greens. The dates are what elevate this from a standard couscous salad to one worth writing about. Continue reading “Couscous Salad with Dates and Almonds”