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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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!