CSA Tagine with Romano Beans

Yield : 6 to 8 servings
Cooking Time : 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • One 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (or dates, raisins, cranberries)
  • 1 can (14 oz) sliced, stewed tomatoes (or about 1 pound fresh, preferably peeled and seeded)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup cooked or drained canned chickpeas
  • 8 medium carrots, cut into bite-size chunks
  • zucchini (or other squash), cut into bite-sized chunks
  • kohlrabi, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2-3 cups romano beans, cut into bite-sized chunks (I used the whole bag from our basket, not sure of exact measurement)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous

 

Directions

1. Put the oil in a deep skillet (I used a 5 QT chili pot) with a lid over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook until soft. Add the ginger, cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 2 minutes.

2. Add the dried fruit, tomato, stock, chickpeas, carrots, kohlrabi, romano beans and zucchini, a large pinch of salt, and a good amount of pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook until the vegetables are just tender.

3. Add the couscous (stir in slowly to make sure all couscous is submerged) and cover about 5 minutes. Couscous should absorb liquid. Remove from heat, fluff couscous mixture, serve hot by itself or with a dollop of plain yogurt. If you have leftovers, serve cold over spinach for a cool summer salad.

Many thanks to Keeshi + Photo and Twisted String for their photography contributions