I am currently eating a majority vegetarian diet. I have mentioned this in a post before. I am not turning vegetarian nor am I going to keep preaching my reasons behind it because I think there is nothing worse. However, recently I guess due to social media and opening my eyes a little I have become more aware that the meat I am buying (mainly from Aldi) probably didn’t have the life the animals at our farm have. And whilst growing up on a farm I know not all farming is cruel, I know if we stop farming the animals are not going to skip off into the wild to live a merry happy life. I do however want to be more mindful of where I am buying my meat from. I want to make sure with all produce I buy not just meat the animal, fish, farmer who worked so hard is being fairly and ethically treated so I promised I would only buy meat and animal-based produce locally from butchers etc. I also find if I am cooking for myself meat can feel a little wasteful. I hate wasting food as it is but I won’t throw away meat so I have also avoided cooking it for just myself. Which is why this slow cooker tagine is a favourite of mine.
The slow cooker is perfect for me when I am trying to eat lower fat/ calorie meals as I snack too much when I am waiting for dinner. The slow cooker has everything ready for when I walk in the front door which is ideal. Again like the majority of my recipes, this was first cooked by my sister and she added pinenuts too which I would fully recommend if you’re not stingy like me. I am sure hers taste 300 times better but she enjoys cooking, so the fact I made it this far and didn’t burn this house down in a testament in itself.
- Goats cheese
- 100g sliced up Apricots
- 250 ml of Vegetable Stock
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- 2 sliced onions
- 1 garlic clove
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2.5cm of root ginger grated
- 100g Large Cous Cous
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- (They are the base ingredients to make this dish but this time I added butternut squash and peppers as they needed cooking. You can add any vegetables which need cooking up to this dish)
- The best thing about a slow cooker is you really do not need to follow the method, as long as it is cooked you are good but the steps I followed are.
- Brown the onions, garlic and ginger in a frying pan with the olive oil. Add the Cinnamon and Cumin and stir together.
- Make the stock and add into the slow cooker, add in the tinned tomatoes, honey, and the onions etc.
- Cook away for however long is needed.
- I then add the CousCous to the slow cooker 30 minutes before I want to serve, sprinkle it with goats cheese and you are done.
- That is really done if you are serving for friends flatbread works really well.
It really is that simple, healthy and hopefully tasty. Let me know if you try it.