Summer Vegetable Tagine (Vegan)

As one of my readers commented on Instagram, I’m really into international dishes these days.  I’m so inspired by my trips to the farms that I find myself wanting to introduce all kinds of unique flavors with our everyday fruits and vegetables.  This Summer Vegetable Tagine turned out beautifully and will go well on couscous, brown rice,  or freekah.

Summer Vegetable Tagine | Simply Fresh Dinners

In North America, we have been taught to cook our food up and then add the spices.  In many countries around the world, they blend and cook their spices first and then add the food.  This makes perfect sense to me and I’m going to try doing that with other dishes as well.  It truly seems to bring the spices to life and I’m struggling to find the words to explain how flavorful this was …. hmmm…it’s like that first day when it’s really hot in the summer and you go out on your deck, sink into your favorite comfy chair and soak in the rays.  Got the picture?

Summer Vegetable Tagine | Simply Fresh Dinners

Most tagines, like the Moroccan Fruity Chicken Tagine I made last winter, take about an hour but I took a short cut  that still produced that deep rich taste.

Like so many vegetarian dishes, this is very versatile and you could use potatoes instead of cauliflower if you prefer but believe it or not, I rarely have potatoes in the house!  I almost never cook them but I do love them when someone else cooks them up.  I realized that yesterday when I saw this amazing dish on my friend, Mila’s blog.  I even asked for an invite to her house because I’m sure I could have gobbled up that whole pan!

I picked up big, beautiful field tomatoes as well as those cute little cherry tomatoes at Barrie Hill Farms last week and the little ones were perfect for this dish.  In the next couple weeks, I’ll be going out to interview the owners of the farms who generously provide me with all this lovely produce so you can see the faces behind the food so stay tuned because they’re really fun folks!Summer Vegetable Tagine | Simply Fresh Dinners

Look at these beautiful peppers!  I just swoon over the fresh produce and I really have to plan ahead otherwise I’d be driving away with a truckload.

Summer Vegetable Tagine | Simply Fresh Dinners

If you have more time, you could roast the peppers but I wanted to stick to the quick and easy theme of the blog.  Your local grocery store should have harissa paste or ground spice. Either one will be fine.  Leave out the halloumi cheese for the vegan version.

This is all done on the stovetop and takes only 15 minutes to cook.   If you’re serving rice with it, you might want to cook it the night before if you’re doing this on a busy weeknight.  Please don’t use instant rice – seriously – I’m coming to your house to remove it from your cupboards if I catch you doing that!  Long grain brown rice or basmati is perfect.  Just like the rule of using fresh herbs, there’s no compromising on this one!

Summer Vegetable Tagine | Simply Fresh Dinners

There is so much to learn from other countries about flavoring our food and I’m excited to see what I’ll discover next.  Thanks for reading, everyone.  I probably don’t say that enough.  This week I had a problem with my subscription service and two readers very kindly emailed me to let me know.  Thank you, Linda and Mary – I would have never known otherwise.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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Summer Vegetable Tagine | Moroccan Style (Vegan)
Serves: 4
  • 100g couscous
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 lemon
  • 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes, some halved or chop large tomatos in small chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 good tsp harissa (spicy North African chilli paste)
  • 10 pitted black olives
  • 1 pack halloumi, cut into 2-3cm cubes (leave out if you want a vegan dish)
  • handful coriander leaves, chopped
  1. Put the couscous in a heatproof bowl and pour over just enough boiling water to cover.
  2. Add a ½ teaspoon of olive oil and leave to stand.
  3. Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil, the garlic, harissa and juice from half lemon in a large pan for 1 minute. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes and olives.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add ½ cup vegetable broth, cover and cook on a medium heat for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Add the halloumi and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the 2 teaspoons cilantro.
  7. Fluff up the couscous with a fork. Serve with the couscous. Garnish with more cilantro.



  • Reply
    Mila Furman
    June 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    This looks fabulous!!! I will have to make this! I’ve been into veggie dishes lately and this one is callings name! I’m also starving currently so I’m not doing myself any favors 😉 thanks for the shoutout honey!!! I’ll freeze and ship to you 😉
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      June 14, 2015 at 8:24 am

      I just had to tell the world about your awesome potatoes, Mila! I’ll be looking for the FedEx man, lol.
      Have a great Sunday!
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    June 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Robyn, oh I love everything about this dish, the colors, the ingredients, the spices……everything. I have never tried halloumi cheese before. Happy week-end to you!
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      June 14, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Thanks, Cheri. Ever since I tried halloumi I’ve been putting it in everything, lol. It’s great on the grill, too.
      I have to come visit your latest creation – it sounds amazing. I love decorating dishes with edible flowers.
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    Anita Rivera
    June 13, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Good evening Robyn! I ate so much of this while I was in Paris. It was so good with all the flavors worked into it and you are right; adding the spices at or toward the end makes no sense since the spices must be opened up with the heat. Your recipes are always so healthy and colorful! See you in IG! Anita

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      June 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

      I am so hooked on these flavors, Anita! I can imagine that the French do it beautifully. I’m watching you on IG and your pics are simply stunning, my friend!

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    Bam's Kitchen
    June 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Hiya Robyn! I want to just lick the screen this looks so healthy and delicious but that would not be very lady like. Instead I will have to hit the markets and round up some harissa. Photos are just breath taking as usual. I am right along with you, what is up with people and instant rice. I cannot even touch the stuff, it is really bad and especially when you compare a 5 minute couscous or a 12 minute on the stove top steaming of rice. The veggies from Berries farm are just perfectly gorgeous it makes it so easy to come up with ideas for dinner. Sharing everywhere…sending smoke signals!
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      June 14, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Thanks so much, Bobbi – your sweet comments always make my day. I am so happy shopping at the farms with their beautiful produce and now the berries are starting to come in. When raspberries are here I’ll have to take a break from the blog so I can just go sit I the patch and eat em, lol.
      Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend 🙂
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    June 13, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    You have my mouth watering, sweet friend! My, this looks and sounds incredible! So fresh and tasty….perfect for summer!

    Thanks for another delightful recipe, dear Robyn. Hugs to you!

    • Reply
      June 14, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Thanks, Stephanie, I always appreciate your visits. I was looking at my statistics the other day and you have commented here more than any other reader. Your encouragement always serves as a great motivator.
      Hope your weekend is wonderful. Lots of love and hugs to you. xoox
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    June 14, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Another delightful dish and so worldly. Love the exotic spices. The cheese is also new to me, so it is a must to try. It’s great you are creating these delicious meals from all over the world. Have a great Sunday, my sweet friend. Lots of love from W.W. xo
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    June 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Beautiful produce and a wonderful use of it. Looking forward to “meeting” your farm friends! Have a great week Robyn!
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    June 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Oh man, this looks great Robyn! It’s been a crazy busy week for me. I was just catching up on my blog reading and really enjoyed your Tuesday Tidbits from last week, better late than never! I especially liked the she sheds and adorable moose family playing in the sprinklers. I hope you have a good week my friend, Mary

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    June 16, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I’m looking at all that yummy juice and thinking cous cous for sure. I’ll be shopping with this recipe in mind.
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      June 16, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Thanks so much, Christine. It definitely needs something for the juice. I was thinking next time of picking up a whole grain baguette for dipping decadence!

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 17, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Love veggie dishes cooked this way! Really like the inclusion of harissa, too — it has such tremendous flavor, doesn’t it? Really good — thanks.
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      June 19, 2015 at 6:03 am

      Thanks so much, John. I agree, harissa is just so fabulous with roasted veggies. I couldn’t get enough of this dish. Thanks for stopping by. I am LOVING your blog and fabulous drinks!

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    June 18, 2015 at 1:22 am

    The viggie stew with chili paste sounds so delicious and this is the type of dish I really need for dinner! After some heavy BBQ and Mexican food, I started craving more healthy dishes. I really need to loss some weight before my next beachside vacation! lol
    I hope you’re summer won’t be too busy and you’ll have some time to cook and relax. Take care my friend!
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      June 18, 2015 at 6:08 am

      LOL, You’re gorgeous and tiny, Maggie, I’m pretty sure you don’t need to lose weight. I love Mexican food but it takes some effort to make sure it’s healthy, lol
      Summer is very busy but I’m loving it. I need to shoot you an email and check in 🙂 Thanks for popping by, friend. I hope you’re having a fabulous time – loving the pics of the two of you!

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    June 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    Wow this looks so colorful and tempting. Sure is filled with loads of healthy veggies and ingredients . Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
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    donna cherutti
    June 21, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Hi I am planning to make this recipe for my Meatless Monday but cannot find Harissa. Is there a place in the Barrie area that sells this spice.
    thanks, donna

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    donna cherutti
    June 21, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Which Zehrs if you don’t mind my asking, Cundles Road or Essa Road. I tried the old Zehrs ( now Loblaws) on Bayfeild St but had no luck.
    thanks for your help and quick response 🙂

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    June 22, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Hey lovely lady! Just popping in to say this was featured at this week’s Roses of Inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing…have a beautiful week! Hugs!

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    Miz Helen
    June 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    All that wonderful flavor, just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen
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