Want to save time in the kitchen and still eat well? This plant-based recipe for Warmly-Spiced Vegetable Tagine is one of my new favourites for a meal prep lunch! It is bursting with warm and comforting spices., a perfect way to fill your tummy!
You can use this plant-based recipe as part of your weekly meal prep or prep ahead, a time-saving meal strategy that is helpful for lunches and weeknight meals. You don’t need to eat this for 5 days in a row, but maybe 2-3 days might be okay. This plant-based recipe is also helpful for anyone who wants to spend less time cooking. It is a one-pot meal so it creates less mess!
Tagine is a culinary dish from North Africa that is like a stew, traditionally made with vegetables, beans, dried fruits and slowly cooked meats, and is slow cooked in a shallow conical dish, called a tagine. I don’t have a traditional earthenware tagine, but I do have a large pot, which is perfect for cooking this yummy dish.
While traditional tagine slow cooks meat, this is a plant-based recipe, which helps to save time in the kitchen and make it friendly for weeknight meals.
When doing plant-based cooking, it is important to use spices and strategic use of ingredients to give the meal interesting flavours. In this plant-based recipe, ingredients like olives, garlic, paprika, garam masala and dried fruit helps to create affordable flavour using ingredients you may already have in your pantry.
Garam masala is a spice blend that you can find in most grocery store’s spice section. It includes cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. You can make your own garam masala, or for simplicity and ease, you can purchase it pre-mixed. In addition to enjoying garam masala in this tagine, I also enjoy it as a seasoning spice for my sweet potato wedges. Flavourful foods are more satisfying!