Healthy Moroccan Recipes
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Moroccan food is all about flavor and spice: cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, and ginger are all commonly found in traditional Moroccan food—and conveniently enough, they all have major health benefits. Whether you prefer lamb tagine or mint tea, there’s a healthy Moroccan recipe for every taste palette. Try one of the recipes here to see for yourself.
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Moroccan Roasted Carrots
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As you make your way through this list of healthy recipes, you’ll soon see that Moroccan food has a mix of sweet, spicy, and earthy flavors in one dish. This side is no different with cumin, cayenne, goat cheese, pistachios, and golden raisins on top of roasted carrots.
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Moroccan Salmon & Apricot Couscous Salad
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The spices are bold, but the ingredients are simple in this salmon with couscous salad. There are only five ingredients that aren’t spices: couscous, dried apricots, lemon juice, olive oil, and salmon. The salmon is coated in cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper before being pan-seared in olive oil.
Get the recipe: Moroccan Salmon & Apricot Couscous Salad
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Broiled Mint Msemen with Honey
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Making your own Moroccan flatbread, called msemen, is extra AF, but one bite of this mint-infused, flaky bread will be so worth it. Did we mention there’s also a recipe for honey butter to drizzle on top? ‘Nuff said.
Get the recipe: Broiled Mint Msemen with Honey
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Skillet Moroccan Chicken Recipe
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This skillet chicken is everything you imagine Moroccan food would be; colorful with fresh ingredients like peaches and tomatoes, plus interesting flavor combos like pistachios and feta cheese.
Get the recipe: Skillet Moroccan Chicken with Tomatoes, Peaches, and Feta
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Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower Soup
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With 15 minutes of prep and 45 minutes of cooking, this cauliflower soup is quick to throw together so you can get back to your Sunday afternoon Netflix binge. Charring the cauliflower and garlic in the oven before adding to a pot with vegetable broth, cumin, coriander, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon gives this vegan soup an extra layer of flavor.
Get the recipe: Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower Soup
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Moroccan Mint Tea
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Moroccan tea is a green tea infused with mint leaves. It’s traditionally served warm, but this recipe can be made hot or iced. Go crazy and add a shot of rum or bourbon to your iced tea for a boozy take on the refreshing drink. (Also read up on The Healthy Benefits of Tea.)
Get the recipe: Moroccan Mint Tea
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Moroccan Stuffed Dates
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Stuffed dates are a popular Moroccan dessert, especially during the holy month of Ramadan to break the daily fast in the Muslim religion. Blend soaked almonds, a little bit of sugar, butter, and rose water in a food processor until they form a paste. Then, stuff into a date for a lightly sweet, chewy treat. (Or try one of these naturally sweet date recipes for dessert.)
Get the recipe: Moroccan Stuffed Dates
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Moroccan Lamb Tagine
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Lamb tagine is probably one of the most well known healthy Moroccan recipes. Tagine is a thick stew of vegetables, green olives, chickpeas, and lamb served over couscous. Sounds simple but the mile-long spice list, including ginger, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, turmeric, and parsley, turn it from basic to amazing.
Get the recipe: Moroccan Lamb Tagine
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Moroccan Couscous with Chickpeas
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Ras el hanout, a blend of cumin, coriander, allspice, and cinnamon, is the star of this couscous. The sweet and spicy seasonings are rich in iron, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are loaded with antioxidants. With a little over 250 calories per serving, this makes a great side dish or small lunch.
Get the recipe: Moroccan Couscous with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Dried Fruit
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Moroccan Spiced Eggplant and Tomato Stew
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Many of the herbs used in Moroccan cooking, like cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, and harissa are considered warming spices, meaning if a dish is spicy enough, it’ll raise your internal body temperature. Save this vegetarian stew for colder months to heat up from the inside out. (These other four simple grocery store ingredients can transform any dish too.)
Get the recipe: Moroccan Spiced Eggplant and Tomato Stew
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