Vegan & Gluten-Free Moroccan Chickpea Stew to Last You for Days

Regardless of the season, there’s always the perfect moment to eat a hearty stew, whether you’re home on a chilly night or want a filling lunch mid-day. Chef Rich’s Moroccan Chickpea Stew is a flavor-bursting vegan and gluten-free dish that’s full of protein and fiber, which also makes it a great go-to companion for weight loss and maintenance. Chickpeas, the stew’s star ingredient, deliver extraordinary levels of magnesium, iron and vitamin B6, and the spherical bean has been linked to improving blood pressure, heart health and the digestive system, not to mention it may ward off cancer.

Q: What are the distinct flavors of this stew that make it out of this world?

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The stew is very fragrant from the combination of cumin, cinnamon and paprika. If you’ve never had Moroccan food before, you really need to try it to understand. Then when you sprinkle on fresh cilantro right before you serve it, the aromas are completely intoxicating (or maybe say, will have you salivating for a bite).
 

Q: This recipe includes dried apricots in an assortment of vegetables. What inspired this fruity addition?

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Dried fruit in savory dishes is very traditional in Moroccan cuisine. In this stew, the apricots give you little hints of sweetness mixed in with the other savory flavors, which makes for a delicious, balanced overall experience.
 

Q: What is it that you love most about stews?

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Stews make great leftovers! It’s so easy to store them in a jar in the fridge so you’ll have something healthy and filling at your disposal for several days. With this Moroccan Chickpea Stew recipe, though, you can always cut the recipe in half if you don’t want leftovers.


 

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Moroccan Chickpea Stew

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Did you know that a cucumber is 96% water? This makes cucumber not only an excellent hydrator, but it’s also a great toxin expeller. On top of that, they bathe your body with Vitamins A, B and C and are widely studied to have potential to fight cancer, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

But the exciting part about this salad is the taste. With the help of macadamia and pine nuts for a thick consistency and enticing aroma, and lemon juice for the perfect zest, you might have trouble keeping your hands out of the salad bowl. You have to try it to believe it!

Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

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Chef Rich says, “I’ve been learning a lot lately about the incredible nutritional benefits of oregano. It’s an antioxidant powerhouse, and possesses major antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. This drink is one of my absolute favorite oregano pairings. The oregano just seems to complement anything lemony, and the raspberry adds some nice sweetness and color.”

Oregano Raspberry Lemonade

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