Sunday, March 29, 2015

Meat Free Week: Last Day - Tagine Surprise!

We made it! We made a difference! Also thank you for putting up with my atrocious food photos but hope you enjoyed the meals and discovered something new. A BIG thank you to everyone who sponsored me, I raised a respectable £95 and if you wish to find out what next now, please continue to visit the Meat Free Week website.

Hopefully you've seen for yourself how easy, tasty, nutritious and beneficial reducing your meat and fish consumption can be for your health, animal welfare and the environment. Make meat a savoured special occasion rather than a standard ingredient to be bored by. Most importantly find what system or rhythm realistically works for you, you're more likely to stick with it then!

The final recipe today is thanks to my culinary genius girlfriend who is resourceful and imaginative in the kitchen. She whipped this surprise tagine together with what we had left over from the week, what was in the veg box and in the fridge; remember we don't like waste in this household!

Tagine Surprise

Serves an intimate two
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour

You need a tagine dish for this one!

Ingredients and Preparation

3 teaspoons of ground coriander

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of ras el hanout

Half teaspoon of sumac

Half teaspoon of cinnamon

1 red onion, coarsely chopped

1 medium parsnip, roughly chopped

2-3 carrots, roughly chopped

In this one we used Quorn chicken style pieces as they were in the fridge

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

Salt to taste

1 tin of chickpeas (extra tin from Day Four - see recipe here!)

For the garnish - fresh coriander, a squeeze of lemon juice and onion relish

Couscous enough for two people - optional for tasty couscous is avocado oil!

Cooking
1. Heat olive oil in frying pan
2. Add onions and fry until soft and golden
3. Add all spices and cook for a couple of minutes
4. Add carrots, parsnips, Quorn chicken pieces and chickpeas and tomato paste
5. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes on a low heat
6. In the meantime, heat oven to 200C/ Gas mark 4 and warm tagine dish in it
7. Put the contents of the frying pan into the tagine dish and cook in the oven for 40 minutes or until vegetables are soft. 
8. To make couscous - place couscous in bowl, add boiling water and cover until all water is absorbed. Add oil of your choice (we're so fancy with our avocado one) or butter to couscous
9. Dish up and garnish and enjoy! 

This was so tasty, I nearly forgot to take a picture at all before I gulped it all down!

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