Moroccan cuisine is usually a mix of Amazigh, Andalusian, and Mediterranean cuisines, with slight European (French and Spanish) and sub-Saharan influences.

A tagine, sometimes spelled “tajine,” is a traditional Moroccan cooking vessel made of ceramic or unglazed clay with a round base and low sides. A cone-shaped cover sits on the base during cooking. The conical lid traps steam during cooking and returns the liquid to the clay pot, resulting in a moist dish with concentrated flavors.

Tagine is also the name for a Maghrebi, or North African, dish cooked in the tagine pot. Tagine is closely associated with Moroccan cuisine, where slow-cooked savory stews made with meat, poultry, or fish, are cooked with vegetables, aromatic spices, dried fruit, and nuts.

Most people agree that the tagine’s origin dates back to the late 18th century when Harun al Rashid ruled the Islamic Empire. However, there is another school of thought that the use of ceramics in Moroccan cooking is probably of Roman influence; Romans were known for their ceramics and likely brought that tradition to their rule of Roman Africa. Either way, the first appearance of recipes cooked tagine-style appeared in the 9th century in the publication The Thousand and One Nights.

However, you don’t need one to make this dish—the entire meal comes together with the pots and pans you already have! The Moroccan in me is very proud to share this delicious meal and hope you will like it as much as I do!

Chickpeas and Zucchini Tagine
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Moroccan
Calories: 950 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 Yellow Onions
  • 2 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 Small Lemon (juiced)
  • 1 large Zucchini
  • 1 can Chickpeas (15 Oz)
  • 1/2 cup Basmati Rice
  • 4 TBSP Sour Cream
  • 1 TBSP Moroccan Spice Blend
  • 1/2 Oz Sliced Roasted Almonds
  • 1/8 Cup Golden Raisins
  • 1/4 Oz Cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 TBSP Butter (unsalted)
Instructions
  1. Halve, peel and chop onion. Chop cilantro. Peel and mince garlic. Juice half of the lemon. Trim zucchini lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/2 inch thick half moons. Drain and rinse chickpeas.

  2. Heat a drizzle of oil in a small pot, add 1/4 of the onion and cook, stirring, until soften and slightly golden. Stir in rice and cook as per the instructions on your package. Once cooked, keep covered and off heat until ready to serve.

  3. In a small bowl, combine chopped cilantro, 2 TBSP olive oil, a pinch of garlic, salt, pepper and half the lemon juice. Mix thoroughly.

    In a separate small bowl, combine sour cream, salt and the rest of the lemon juice. Mix thoroughly.

  4. Heat a large drizzle of oil in a large pan. Add remaining onion and let cook until soft and golden. Add zucchini and cook, stirring, until softened and lightly brown. Add the Moroccan spice blend, remaining garlic and salt to taste. Cook stirring until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Pour in 1/4 cup of water and add chickpeas. Bring to a low simmer and cook until liquid has reduced. Turn off heat, stir in 1 TBSP of butter until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Fluff rice with a flork and stir in 1 TBSP of butter and golden raisins. Season with salt and mix thoroughly.

  7. Serve rice on plate, topped with tagine and sliced almonds. Drizzle sour cream and cilantro sauces.

The French word “Jardinière” doesn’t translate to English. Best I could come up with was mixed veggies, and truly, that’s exactly what it is. There are many ways to cook and spice vegetables but I chose my Grandmother’s way, the healthy way…Well kind of…I replaced the olive oil with butter (yes, vegan!) to have less of a “grown-up” taste and more of a “baby taste”. Because we all need some comfort food that is vegan and healthy, don’t we now?

Jardinière de Légumes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP Vegan Butter
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 4 medium Carrots (sliced)
  • 3 medium Gold Potatoes (cubed)
  • 2 Cups Broccoli Florets
  • 3 Cups Cauliflower Florets
  • 8 Oz Water
  • Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a non stick cooking pot, melt the butter and sauté the onion until golden

  2. Add carrots and potatoes then add the water. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes

  3. Add the cauliflower and broccoli and cook for another 10 minutes, until tender

  4. Add salt to taste then serve

 

Summer is just around the corner for us Angelenos but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good hearty autumn meal. I originally intended to make a white bean salad but got inspired at the last minute and decided on this dish instead. Great über major idea! It was delicious. So quick and simple to make too…a true winner for a cozy dinner. Enjoy!

Haricots Blancs à la Bretonne
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Can Cannellini White Beans (15 Oz)
  • 8 Oz Tomato Sauce (Marinara is fine)
  • 3/4 Cup Yallow Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Oz Vegan Butter
  • 1/2 TBSP White Flour
Instructions
  1. Rinse beans then set aside

  2. Melt butter in a deep non stick frying pan

  3. Add onions and sauté until translucent

  4. Sprinkle flour then cook for about 2 minutes stirring constantly

  5. Add tomato sauce and salt to taste. Mix well then simmer over very low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes

  6. Add beans, mix and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

  7. Serve hot

There’s this little café in West Hollywood that I love. Everything on their menu is absolutely delicious and service is beyond excellent. One of my fave item is their Power Salad. I love it so much I decided to try to make it myself at home. Pretty close, pretty good…The original recipe calls for raw kale but I didn’t have any so I used mixed greens instead. I made up my own quantities and my own Tahini dressing which you can find here. You will find the original at V Café in West Hollywood, CA. If you’re ever in the area, make sure to pay them a visit! In the meantime, enjoy this simple but delicious and super healthy salad at home.

Power Salad
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 handfuls Leafy greens or Raw Kale
  • 1 large Tomato (cut in cubes)
  • 1 medium Avocado (cut in cubes)
  • 1/2 Cup Edamame (shelled)
  • 1/2 Cup Garbanzo Beans (cooked)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Almonds (crushed)
Instructions
  1. Fill large salad bowl with greens then add all ingredients and mix well before adding the Tahini dressing.

 

When you are hungry and bored…many magical things could happen! After a long day of work at home, an empty stomach and not much in the fridge, I decided to improvise. I used what I had on hand and the result came out so yummy! I hope you enjoy this Indian inspired recipe. Bon appétit! (You don’t pronounce the “t” at the end :-))

Curried Brown Rice
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Author: Corinne
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cup Short Grain Brown Rice
  • 1 large Yellow Onion (sliced thin)
  • 1 small Carrot (cut in small cubes)
  • 1/4 Cup Green Peas
  • 2 cloves Garlic (sliced thin)
  • 1/8 Cup Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Curry
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 1/4 Cup Water
  • Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Cook onions, garlic and carrots with all spices in oil in a non-stick pot on low heat until onions are golden.

  2. Add rice and water. Set the heat to maximum, and bring the rice/water to a boil uncovered. Add green peas then put the lid on the pot, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes (cooking time will vary based on the brand).

  3. Turn off the heat, and let the rice sit in the covered pot for another 10 minutes. 

  4. Top with cilantro and serve.

Indian food is among my favorite. Its vibrant colors, rich aromas and complex flavors remind me somehow of Moroccan food, my favorite ever! This dish is very simple and quick to make and taste delicious. You can have it spicy or simply spiced ;-), as an entrée or as a side dish. Perfect on a cold winter night…

Aloo Phujia
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 4 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Red Potatoes (cut in small cubes)
  • 2 Large Tomatoes (cut in small cubes)
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/8 Cup Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Water (add more if needed)
Instructions
  1. Brown the onion slightly in oil in a medium skillet on low/medium heat.

  2. Add all spices (except the Cayenne if you don't want your dish spicy), mix well with the onion then add the potatoes and the water. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally on low heat.

  3. Add the tomatoes, cover and cook on very low heat until potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes).

  4. Once ready, top with cilantro and serve.

One of my friend got sick a while ago and I wanted to bring her some comfort food. Since I am a vegeta*ian, chicken soup was out of question. So I settled on a very special dessert: Sautéed Coconut Bananas. She absolutely loved it, and so did her children. If you have a sweet tooth and like bananas, this dish is for you!

Sautéed Coconut Bananas
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 Bananas (not too ripe, or they'll melt)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup Almonds (crushed)
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Flakes
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the bananas in half, then sliced them horizontally.

  2. In a pan, heat the coconut oil on medium heat.

  3. Add the bananas and fry until golden.

  4. Serve the bananas topped with crushed almonds and coconut flakes.