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Moroccan Lamb Tagine

Moroccan Lamb Tagine

House rule: everyone gets a big first helping of dinner, but after that you can pick and choose what you want to eat more of, directly from the pot. It’s a fork war for more carrots or the last big hunk of lamb. And it’s a lot easier than being fussy and using a serving spoon to move the best bits and pieces onto your plate. This big pot of Moroccan lamb is no exception.

The Moroccan lamb is wonderful; it’s spicy and sweet, rich and bright, and has a flavor-packed sauce that melts into the couscous. There are 12 different spices, but if you’re missing one, just substitute a little more of another. I doubt you’ll be able to tell the difference. (But don’t hold me responsible, please!) I threw in chickpeas to add a little more oomph and protein, and an extra can of tomatoes because I like them. Before adding the carrots and fruit, the sauce was definitely spicy, but the addition of the last few ingredients really cuts the spice and adds another level of flavor and sweetness.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine

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Spiced Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Vegetables

Spiced Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Veggies

The farmers’ market is bursting with winter squashes; every table at every turn is offering colorful squashes in all shapes and sizes… or a surprisingly mutant, warty gourd. My roommate and I made a quick dash to the market this morning before a rainstorm hit… once it did, there’d be no leaving our apartment.

The farmers market has become our Saturday morning tradition. It’s what gets us out of bed and moving and what inspires our meals all week. The produce is indescribably better than anything at the food shop on our block, and it surpasses Whole Foods by a mile in taste and price. Today’s special: 3 squashes for $2! I also appreciate the enormous variety of produce; each week I try to pick at least one ingredient I’ve never cooked with before. This week I came home with four! Beets, acorn squash, delicata squash, and of course, spaghetti squash. It’s going to be an adventurous few days…

Spiced Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Veggies

Spiced Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Veggies

While most schools started mid-August, Northwestern decided to begin classes the very last week of September, meaning schoolwork ramped up just as the fall weather did. Leaves changing, farmers market stands slowly transforming to winter vegetables, and 900 pages of The Brothers Karamazov to read for Russian Lit.

Clearly a quick, hearty and healthy recipe was in order that made use of the best squashes this season has to offer. Two great things about this recipe are how affordable and versatile it is. I had a tomato from the farmers market left over, so I roasted that along with the broccoli. But peppers, cauliflower, carrots, celery and/or onion could be thrown in the oven just as easily. As Ivan from The Brothers K famously states, “Everything is permitted.” Okay, that is totally out of context, but in the end the spaghetti squash, chickpeas and spices bring it all together in harmony.

I hope you’re all enjoying the fall weather, rain or shine, and the delicious flavors the season brings along with it!

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