This Moroccan butternut squash and sweet potato tagine makes for a nutritious meatless meal! Make it any night of the week for a vegetarian staple!
This hearty vegetarian (and vegan) dish is jam packed with warm flavors! It is gluten-free, dairy-free, full of plant-based protein, and is pleasing for the whole family!
Have you ever cooked a meal in a Tagine? It was new to me until recently, too!
What is a Tagine?:
Tagine is both a style of food and a cooking tool that originates from North Africa. Moroccan and Tunisian cuisine is tagine-centric. The dish, was named after the instrument in which the food is prepared.
A tagine comprises a sauté pan with a wonderfully shaped hat, traditionally used to slow cook meat and vegetable dishes at low temperatures.
You can put the tagine in the oven or use it on the stove top. It’s wildly cool; beautiful billows of steam form while your food cooks and the hat used to cover the pan creates a sort of spa for your food.
This vegan dinner recipe is comprised of butternut squash, sweet potato, onion, chickpeas, and an array of warm spices. This aromatic dish makes your home smell amazing during the cooking process!
Once the vegetables and spices are stewed together, the result is a hearty, rich meal that is filling, comforting, and pleasing to the belly.
Can I Use a Skillet?:
While I am exuberant about the tagine as a cooking implement, you do not need one in order to make this dish – A large sauté pan or wok with a cover will work too.
I adapted this recipe from Katherine Martinelli’s blog and thought I would end up changing a lot more of the recipe than I did.
Specifically, I was worried about the cinnamon and the dried apricots but they truly add a nice warmth without being super distinguishable. I was very happy with the recipe, that Katherine did a great job! Moroccan Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Tagine will forever be one of my favorites!
More Healthy Vegetarian Dinner Recipes:
- Moroccan Spiced Beet Veggie Burgers
- Jamaican Chickpea Stew
- Quick and Easy Chana Saag
- 30-Minute Thai Green Curry with Avocado
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Moroccan Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Tagine
A healthy aromatic Moroccan-inspired vegan dinner recipe
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced
- 1 medium-sized sweet potato, chopped into 1/2” cubes (2 cups)
- ½ medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped into ½” cubes (3 cups)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¾ cup vegetable broth, separated
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
- 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup chopped cilantro, optional
- Start by preparing your rice, as it takes longer than the vegetables. Follow instructions on the package of rice.
- Add oil to a tagine or skillet and heat to medium-high.
- Sauté onion and sweet potato for 3 minutes.
- Add butternut squash, stir.
- Add ¼ cup vegetable broth, all the spices and salt, stir, cover tagine and cook 5 minutes
- Remove the cover, add remaining vegetable broth, garbanzo beans, lemon juice and dried apricots.
- Continue to cook 5 to 8 minutes until butternut squash and sweet potato are soft but not mushy.
Recipe adapted from Katherine Martinelli http://www.katherinemartinelli.com/blog/2011/vegetable-tagine-couscous-gf-vegan/
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 341Total Fat 9gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 59gFiber 8gSugar 17gProtein 8g
Saturday 13th of May 2023
Thanks, Good recipe, pretty easy, but not as quick as advertised !
Ingredient-wise, next time I will use fresh ginger, I will use the suggested tsp of salt (which I reduced first time), and I will add ground pepper.
I just wonder, really, 10 minute prep time??? Can someone please tell me how to peel and cube a b-nut squash, peel & chop an onion, clean & cube a good sized sweet potato, chop a cup of dried apricots, rinse rice 'til clear and get it started (babysitting the pot for boiling water twice), find and measure out 8 spices, clean, spin, trim, and chop 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, all in only 10 minutes??
For me, the b-nut squash alone took 10 full minutes. The whole prep was easily more like 40 minutes, and so total time was over an hour.
Thursday 29th of July 2021
Delicious! Made this for Meatless Monday with a large amount left over. Second day I browned 1# of ground turkey, seasoned with 1/2 of the amount of seasonings for original recipe and added 1qt of vegetable broth along with the leftover vegetable bean mixture. My husband RAVED! It was a winner “leftovers” night.
Saturday 31st of July 2021
I'm so thrilled to hear you guys enjoyed it! I love the idea of incorporating ground turkey too...sounds amazing!
Sunday 18th of April 2021
When the recipe calls for 2 cups of water, was that supposed to be added into the meal, or was that for the rice?
Tuesday 20th of April 2021
Hi Meghan, the water is used to cook the rice and vegetables :)
Friday 26th of February 2021
My roommate and I tried this tonight. Even with the slight changes I made it was AMAZING !!! I used butter beans instead of garbanzo and made extra spice mix & cooking liquid so I could roast some chicken pieces to add to the mix. It really made for a full non vegetarian meal. Thank you for the recipe it’s going in my regular rotation and I can’t wait for next Tuesday when we have company. They are going to love this !!!!!!!
Saturday 27th of February 2021
I'm so happy you and your roommate enjoy it, Logan! I love the idea of using butter beans...I'll try this next time I make it! Many thanks for the sweet note! xoxo
Saturday 19th of October 2019
Haven’t tried substitute vessels for ravines. All I know is that food cooked in one seems to be flavorful with just the right degree of moistness. .
Saturday 19th of October 2019
It’s not 2:01 am here it’s 5:01 am and I meant takings not ravines.?