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Moroccan Stew

Now that the weather is getting colder, here's a nice vegetarian stew.

Ingredients

One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
Two 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¾ cup white onions, diced
⅜ cup celery, diced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 quart low-sodium vegetable broth
½ cup long grain brown rice, uncooked
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Open the canned tomatoes (keep the juice) and garbanzo beans. Drain and rinse the beans.

Heat the oil over medium high in a large stockpot. Add the onions and celery and sauté until softened.

Add the ginger, turmeric, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Add the canned tomatoes with juice, the vegetables and garbanzo beans and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Add the rice to the stew, cover it again and return to a simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the cilantro and lemon juice. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes.

Serve with whole-grain pita, if desired.

Nutrition
All figures are per serving (assumes 6 servings).

Calories: 447
Fat: 19 g
Carbs: 80 g
Fiber: 8 g
Protein: 14 g
Sodium: 530 mg