What is Tagine?

Looking for a new vegetarian recipe using a wide variety of vegetables, have you tried root vegetable stew? The word Tagine can mean “stew” or the pot (African clay cookware) used to prepare it.  Trying new recipes is a great way to improve your food intake. It is especially beneficial when you try a recipe with lots of vegetables like this one. Quick and easy recipes like this one are good for helping manage many conditions including heart disease, digestive difficulties, diabetes and PCOS.


Moroccan Root Vegetable Stew AKA Tagine

This is a Moroccan dish that is impressive and easy in spite of the long list of ingredients. It takes a while to chop the veggies but chopping vegetables can be relaxing especially if you are among friends and family or listening to music.  It fills a large skillet (or dutch oven) and makes fabulous planned leftovers! This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.


Mix together and set aside:

1/2 t. EACH salt, cumin, paprika
1/4 t. EACH cinnamon, turmeric, curry powder, pepper
1/8 t. EACH ground red pepper, allspice

spices for root vegetable stew


In a Dutch oven combine root vegetable stew ingredients:

1 T olive oil
3 c. chopped cabbage
2 c. cubed sweet potatoes
1 c. EACH of chopped onion, parsnip, carrot, turnip, dried lentils
1/2 c. chopped dried apricots
1 T minced ginger root

root vegetable stew



Cook for 3 minutes

tagine ingredients

Add spice mixture.

tagine spices

Cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.

Tagine root vegetable stew


2 t. grated lemon rind
28 oz (about) vegetable broth
28 oz (about) diced tomatoes

Simmer uncovered for 40 minutes or until lentils are tender.


Stir in

1 T. lemon juice

Optional: Serve over hot cooked couscous or brown rice.

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Recipe tips:

If you have a food processor, it makes the chopping easier.  Also, in a pinch, you can substitute Trader joe’s steamed lentils for the dried lentils, just put them into the stew a few minutes before serving to warm them up. Grocery store notes, commonly use 1 large sweet potato, 3-4 parsnips, 1-2 turnips in recipe

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Rebecca Bitzer loves to empower Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and their clients.  Co-author of Welcome to the Rebelution: Seven steps to the nutrition counseling practice of your dreams and  Taste the Sweet Rebellion: Rebel against dieting.