She Cooks! Healthy Moroccan Stew

Back when I used to eat meat, the following Stewed Chicken recipe was a FAVORITE. And now, as a mostly-vegetarian? Still a favorite. Yup, it's good.

I like to meal prep things with a lot of flavor, a lot of veggies, really easy to prepare and most importantly.... FILLING. I like to stuff my gut with good food in order to resist temptation at work.

I originally found this recipe in a Men's Health "Short Order Cook" article a few years back, but tweaked some things. The original recipe is here: Men's Health: Moroccan Stewed Chicken

My improved recipe, for herbivores AND carnivores.. looks like this: (I highlighted my changes in purple)

Moroccan Stewed Chicken

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or Quorn Brand Meat Alternative Chicken... OR omit meat altogether)
2 large zucchini, cut into cubes

1 yellow squash, cut into cubes

1 sweet onion, diced
cans (16 oz) garbanzo beans
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup vegetable broth or water
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan or a wide pot over medium-high heat.

2. Season the chicken (or chicken substitute) with salt and pepper, place them in the pan, and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until they brown thoroughly. Add the zucchini and continue cooking, stirring occasionally.

3. When the zucchini pieces have browned lightly, add the garbanzo beans, tomatoes, chicken stock, cayenne, cumin, and cinnamon. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Season to taste with more salt and pepper and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Eat With: 1/2 cup cooked couscous (prepared per package instructions) tossed with 2 Tbsp golden raisins, 2 Tbsp toasted pine nuts, and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Makes 6-8 servings 

I've personally never prepared it with the couscous, but it sounds really interesting. The website lists this as a 420 calorie per serving meal, but if using chicken breasts or no meat at all, then obviously that number will drop significantly. 

Try it out! Make this ahead of time for an easy week of yummy, flavorful, exotic lunches!
Be Lean! xoxo

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