Quick & Easy Tasty Home Cooking
This is one of my favourite ‘quick’ dishes that literally takes 15 minutes. I cook up a batch of this delicious Saffron Scented Vegetable Stew and freeze in portion sizes for Bill and I. I also do this with soups so when we arrive home from a trip there is always something nutritious available that we can simply take from the freezer. We all have busy lives but it’s important that we make time to feed ourselves the best way we can from our own kitchens. Will it be worth the effort? Yes absolutely.
Fast food and processed food robs us of our health. Increasing protein rich foods such as beans, seeds, nuts and wholegrain along with seasonal vegetables will see you cooking up a storm like a professional chef in no time. One pot cooking takes little effort but delivers delicious tasting dishes.
Cooking has become a chore for so many and some of my clients tell me they see it as just another hassle they could do without at the end of a busy day. On the contrary, cooking is a divine art with which we create life. My advice is always the same; to really appreciate the impact food has on our health and our lives, we must cook. When we cook our own food we get to choose how much vitality we will have on a day to day basis, how we cope with stress (yes! nutritional stress is real). The kind of food we eat is the fuel that operates us, our energy, our moods, out thoughts, all of it…..so by choosing balanced, natural and whole foods for your kitchen you are giving yourself the gift of good health.
What is so nutritionally special about this dish? For starters, chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are high in fibre. As you know, fibre is a substance found in grains, fruit and vegetables that cannot be digested. Fibre serves to soak up extra water and push other food through the digestive system. it helps push usless food waste out of the body, preventing it from sitting in the system and clogging it. We all need to increase our fibre intake for optimum health. Chickpeas contain antioxidants and because of the fibre and protein, help better regulate blood sugar, without all the saturated fat from animal food. Did you know that broccoli has about the same amount of protein as steak. Cows are vegan!. To maximize our health and age without the degenerative diseases we see so many suffer from, we need to get more protein from nutrient-rich plant sources such as beans, seeds and nuts and greens. Animal products are not required for our protein needs.
This recipe is a truly nutrient dense meal that is quick, easy and tasty.
Saffron Scented Vegetable Tagine
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 large onion, diced
1 teaspoon each, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cinnamon
1 can organic chickpeas
1 small jar of organic sundried tomatoes, cut into small dice
1 cup organic passata
¼ tsp saffron threads (soaked in 1/2 cup filtered water)
1 carrot, cut into small dice
1 small sweet potato, cut into small dice
1 celery stick, thinly sliced
1 sachet miso bouillon paste dissolved in 6 cups hot water
(or 1 vegetable stock cube)
2 cups button mushrooms, washed and halved
10 dried apricots, thinly sliced
Fresh coriander for garnish
Heat the olive oil in a heavy based pan. Add the garlic, onion and spices. Heat on low for 5 minutes, stir to coat the vegetables with the spices. Add the chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, saffron threads, carrot, sweet potato, celery and stock. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Add the dried apricots and mushrooms and continue to simmer for another 25-30 minutes adding more liquid if required. Stir in the fresh coriander and serve with some steamed couscous, some fresh greens and your daily dose of probiotics (fermented vegetables). See my blog and video on how to make them.
In good health