What’s cooking? Exploring Moroccan food at home
With its brightly colored tiles, intricately woven tapestries, and bustling open-air markets, Morocco provides a delight for the senses at every turn—though of everything this North African country has to offer, its distinctive cuisine may be the most famous. And it’s steadily gaining in popularity—in their 2018 trend report, Pinterest reported a whopping 2,579 percent increase in saves to dishes labeled “Moroccan”.
Abundantly spiced and brimming with flavor, Moroccan ingredients have another benefit: many of them work seamlessly within the Slimming World plan. Before you get started at home, stock up on a few staples—all Free Food with Slimming World, meaning you can eat as much as you like—often found at the heart of the country’s cuisine.
- Ras el-hanout: Arabic for “top of the shop” (or top shelf), this fragrant, complex, and versatile spice blend is used to flavor soups, stews, and meat. Though the exact ingredients vary, the blend typically contains paprika, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, pepper, cumin, and cloves.
- Couscous: It’s rare to find a product that’s easier to cook than pasta—but this is one of them! While couscous has a rice-like appearance, this quick-cooking grain is actually a type of pasta. Serve it as a bed for aromatic roasted vegetables and savory stews, like this slow-cooker Moroccan beef stew. Be sure to choose plain, unflavored couscous, as many seasoned options contain hidden sugars or oils.
- Preserved lemons: Made by pickling lemons in nothing but salt, lemon juice, and occasionally a few spices, preserved lemons add a floral, bright, and complex punch to everything from braised meats and roasted vegetables, to couscous and salads. When buying, check the label, and avoid brands that contain added sugar.
Look for ras el hanout and preserved lemons in specialty stories or order them online.