Slow Cooker Chicken & Chickpea Tagine

Tagine or Tajine dishes are Moroccan slow cooked dishes named after the pot they are cooked in. The dishes are typically a stew with a protein, spices, and fruit. Cooking Light had a version with chicken and chickpeas that sounds delicious. It combines both sweet and spicy elements to make a really flavor-filled dish. This recipe takes a bit more prep time that my usual slow cooker recipes so be prepared for that. This recipe is great for a Saturday: prepare everything in the morning, run whatever errands you have for the day, and come back to an amazing smelling kitchen and dinner mostly ready! I shredded my chicken and served it over couscous but you can keep the chicken whole and eat it as is.   Ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 8 (5-ounce) boneless chicken thighs, skinned 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 1/2 cups chopped onion 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh garlic 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon paprika 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper 1 cup unsalted chicken stock 1 1/2 teaspoons honey 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick … Continue reading

Badenjan Chalow

This month, Pomi asked that I try to create a recipe using one of their tomatoes paired with eggplant. I have been craving my favorite Afghan meal from a restaurant in Philadelphia called Ariana so my mind went immediately to trying to replicate it. The meal, Badenjan Chalow, is a lamb dish with eggplant, cooked with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices served over basmati rice. Pomi’s strained tomatoes are perfect for this recipe. Although I’d love to put this in a slow cooker and let it cook all day, I wanted to make this weeknight meal friendly.   Ingredients: 1 cup cooked basmati rice 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 eggplant, peeled and diced 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric 1 lb lamb chunks 1 container Pomi strained tomatoes

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