Morrocan stewThis Moroccan style stew is a wonderful winter dish. It is filled with flavors from the butternut squash and cinnamon, and it happens to be a very healthy vegetarian or vegan dish. The stew can be served with couscous for more authenticity, but I prefer to eat it with bulgur wheat. Couscous tends to absorb the juices and create a porridge consistency, whereas the bulgur maintains its crunchy texture.

It is very easy to make. You can use vegetable stock and skip the yogurt for a vegan dish.

Moroccan butternut squash stew
Serves 4
521 calories
70 g
10 g
22 g
18 g
4 g
504 g
511 g
10 g
0 g
17 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 521
Calories from Fat 188
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 511mg
Total Carbohydrates 70g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 10g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. • 1 medium onion, diced
  3. • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  4. • 3 teaspoons cumin
  5. • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  6. • Salt and pepper
  7. • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  8. • 1 pound butternut squash, *cubed
  9. • 2 cups of chicken stock (or vegetable stock to make vegan)
  10. • 1 can of chickpeas, drained
  11. • 1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes with juices
  12. • 1 pinch of saffron (optional)
  13. • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  14. • Lemon peel (avoid the whites) from half an organic lemon, chopped
  15. • 1 cup of couscous or bulgur wheat
  16. • ¾ cup of plain yogurt mixed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  17. • 1/3 cup of slivered almonds, toasted
  18. • Fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  1. 1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan or a Dutch oven. Add the onion, garlic and cinnamon, and sauté until translucent (about 4 minutes) and then add the cumin, chili, salt and pepper and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  2. 2. Add the squash, and season once again with salt and pepper. Stir to coat and cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. 3. Add the broth, chickpeas, tomatoes and their juices, saffron, lemon juice and peel. Cover with a tight fitting lid and reduce the heat to low, and simmer the stew for about 15 minutes or until the butternut squash is fork tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. 4. Mix the yogurt and lemon juice together in a little bowl.
  5. 5. Serve the stew over couscous or bulgur in a bowl, and top with the lemon yogurt, toasted almonds, and cilantro.
* How to cut a butternut squash
  1. 1. Peel the skin off the butternut squash. Cut it in half right were the curve starts, so you have a "top" and "bottom" part.
  2. 2. Cut the "top" part into 1-inch thick long strips (lengthwise from top-to-bottom) and then cut them into cubes.
  3. 3. For the "bottom" part, remove the bottom end piece and toss away. Cut in half (lengthwise from top-to-bottom) through the center, and remove the seeds with a spoon. Then cut the two parts lengthwise into wedges, making long strips (including the curve line from the squash) and finally cut them into cubes.

Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.


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