Thursday, November 1, 2012

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Moroccan Slow Cooker Stew

When I decided to participate in the Virtual Vegan Potluck, I worked my fingers to the bone scanning websites and sorting through my massive cookbook collection in order to find the perfect soup recipe for the event. I wanted something spicy & savory, with seasonal ingredients.  Oh, and of course it had to be healthy, vegan, and perhaps even low-calorie.  After hours of searching and sampling, I came up with an old standby, a Weight Watchers recipe I've been making for years. This is the best soup I myself have ever made, and quite possibly the best I've ever tasted. Seriously, it is that good. The fact that it's high fiber, low-fat, and diet-friendly..perfection! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

While I find it perfect on it's own, with just a side of corn muffin or bread, you can appease heartier appetites by serving over couscous or quinoa. A dollop of vegan sour cream or yogurt & a sprinkle of cilantro adds nice flavor as well.

                        Moroccan Slow Cooker Stew

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                  cooking spray
  1              small  onion -- chopped
  1              clove  garlic -- minced
  3             pounds  butternut squash -- peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  1                cup  baby carrots
  1                cup  canned crushed tomatoes
     1/2           cup  vegetable broth
     1/4           tsp  ground cinnamon
     1/2           tsp  cumin seeds
     1/2           tsp  red pepper flakes
  15                oz  canned chickpeas -- drained and rinsed
     1/2           tsp  table salt

Coat a small pot with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes.

Place squash in a 3-quart or larger slow cooker (crockpot). Add onion and garlic, carrots, tomatoes, broth, cinnamon, cumin and red pepper flakes. Cover and turn on to low heat; simmer for 6 hours.

Add chickpeas and salt. Stir, cover and heat for 5 minutes.

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NOTES : *Partially cooking a hard-shell squash makes it easier to peel. Pierce the gourd in several places with a fork, microwave on HIGH for 6 to 10 minutes, depending on size, and then peel.

Yields 6 Servings; approx 1- 1/3 cups per serving. 5 Weight Watchers
PointsPlus for those who are counting.

To visit the wonderful blog that precedes mine in the Potluck, Live.Learn.Love.Eat, click here.

To visit the amazing blog that follows mine in the Potluck, Cocina de Nihacc, click here.

To start at the beginning of the Potluck, click here.

Many thanks to Vegan Bloggers Unite for hosting this potluck. It's been a lot of fun and a wonderful way to discover other vegan bloggers. I can't wait to continue exploring and cooking!



  1. This is one of my favorites, too! Anything with a middle eastern flavor is instantly comforting to me. Maybe we should learn to make naan bread to go with!

  2. Kristyn, I think you're right. While corn bread isn't exactly the right accompaniment, we need something whose flavors don't compete with the stew.

  3. Kristy & Vegan Gypsy, I made a vegan naan I was really happy with:
    Now I can enjoy this amazing stew with it too!

  4. Nobacon, thank you so much!! I look forward to trying your Naan recipe!

  5. Looks delicious! Glad I found your blog, it's beautiful.
    --Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen

  6. Just making my way through the VVP & wanted to say hey :-)

  7. This looks so good! I love slow cooker meals, they make things so easy!

    1. They really do! I use mine at least once a week!

  8. Moroccan Chickpea soups are a staple at my house too! Nice to meet you at the potluck!

  9. I love the big chunks of veggies in there! I also love meals that can be made in one pot :) Set it and forget it!

    1. I love a chunky soup! Yes, one pot equals less time for clean-up and more time for eating! :)

  10. I make a moroccan soup that is totally different to this one! I can't wait to try yours!

    1. ooh, I'm hoping your recipe is posted on your blog! I always love trying new soups!

    2. I plan to post it soon :)

      Hey I have a favor to ask, I'm on the VVP committee, would you mind updating your links so that the potluck stays a blog chain? Thanks in advance :)

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  11. This sounds great! I love anything with tomatoes, chickpeas, and all of those seasonings... yum.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Spontaneoustomato!