Do you have a meal that makes you think of a specific show or movie every time you eat it? For me, that is this recipe. This meal reminds me of James Bond- Skyfall. In fact if I make it, Steven and I feel like we can’t eat it without watching Skyfall. It’s too funny. Who else is quirky like this? I made a variation of this recipe for the first time shortly after we were married. We were living in our first home together- a 500 sqft apartment in San Antonio and it just so happened to be the night we rented Skyfall. Well, we LOVED the movie and we LOVED this recipe so much that the two just go hand in hand now.
Y’all this is one of our favorite recipes ever. I have tweaked it over the years and this is the sweet spot right here. All of the beautiful spices come together to make a flavorful and hearty vegetarian (or vegan without goat cheese) meal that the whole family will love. Bonus points if you watch Skyfall while eating it. Take a trip to Morocco from your own kitchen!
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 carrots
- ½ tsp coriander
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 inch knob ginger minced (or ½ tsp ginger powder)
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 tbs tomatoe paste
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 4 cups cooked chickpeas or 2 cans chickpeas
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 3-4 cups cooked couscous (cook according to package)
- Optional- stir pistachios into couscous, top bowls with goat cheese crumbles, and chopped cilantro
- Add olive oil into a large pot and turn on to medium high heat. Dice onion and add to pot. Stir around for 1-2 minutes. Next chop carrots and add to pot. Stir to prevent burning.
- Add all spices and chopped garlic and ginger into a bowl. Toss everything into the pot at once and stir to coat carrots and onions. Turn down to medium heat and add in diced red bell pepper.
- Stir in tomato paste, and then add in the can of diced tomatoes. Next add in the chickpeas and broth. Allow everything to come to a boil and then cover with lid and turn down to simmer for 15 minutes or more to allow all of the flavors to meld nicely together.
- In the meantime cook couscous according to the package. It’s SUPER easy btw to cook couscous. Once it is done, fluff it with a fork and stir in pistachios if desired.
- To assemble to bowls add a layer of couscous, top with a hearty scoop of the Moroccan spiced chickpeas, toss on crumbled goat cheese, chopped cilantro, and more pistachios if desired.
- Eat it up!