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This is a flavorful dish that can be adapted to whatever vegetables you have on hand It always gets rave reviews from my dinner guests. You can substitute or add parsnips, zucchini, rutabaga - whatever is handy. It was passed on to me from a vegan friend.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 shallots, coarsely chopped
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, slivered
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons paprika
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne (or more to taste)
- 1 (32 ounce) can crushed tomatoes or 1 (32 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1⁄3 lb string bean
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes (or sweet potato)
- 1⁄2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1⁄2 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
- vegetable broth or water, as needed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed saffron
- 1 cup canned chick-peas
- 1⁄2 cup whole kalamata olive
- 1⁄2 cup pitted prunes, diced
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a Dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the shallots, celery, garlic and cinnamon stick and cook, stirring, untill the shallots and celery are soft (about 7 minutes).
- Add the paprika, cumin, coriander, cardamom, salt, black papper and cayenne. Continue cooking until the spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the tomatoes, string beans, squash or sweet potato, cauliflower, fennel and carrot. Add additional vegetable broth or water as needed to cover the vegetables. Addf the saffron and stir well.
- Cover the pot and bake until the vegetables are tender, 40 to 45 minutes. About 5 minutes before the stew is done add the chickpeas, olives and prunes. Garnish with parsley just before serving.
- Note: The type of tomatoes used will determine the amount of broth or water that will be needed. Crushed tomatoes require the addition of about 1 cup water. Stovetop cooking may require slightly more water.
- The dish should be on the dry side, not soupy and the vegetables should be tender and not soggy.