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Chickpea and Vegetable Stew with Couscous

1 c Chickpeas; dry or one can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
2 -3 cup vegetable or onion
1 1/2 ts Paprika
1/4 ts Ground cinnamon
1/4 ts Cayenne
1/2 ts Ground cumin
1/2 ts Ground pepper
1/2 ts Ground ginger
( or substitute 2-3 tbs of
-curry powder
; for the above spices)
2 tb Honey
1 Green bell pepper; diced
1 c Zucchini; cubed
1 c Carrots cut in 2 inch chunks
1/2 lb Winter squash peeled and cut
-in 2 inch
; chunks
2 c Tomatoes; canned or 2 medium
; tomates quartered
1 Onion; quartered
1 sm Turnip cubed
2 Celery stalks cut in 2 inch
2 md Cloves of garlic peeled
2/3 c Raisins
2 tb Fresh parsley; chopped
2 tb Cilantro; chopped
1 c Peas; frozen
8 oz Couscous

Sort and rinse the chickpeas, then soak overnight in water. Drain and cook in 5 cups water until tender, about 2 to 3 hours. Drain, reserving the broth, and set aside. If using canned chickpeas, drain and rinse, set aside

Warm a cup of the check-pea broth or vegetable broth in a skillet or soup pot and add the onion, garlic, and the dried spices. Simmer gently until the onions have begun to soften, about 7 minutes. Don't let the pan dry out or the spices will burn. Add more liquid as needed.

Once the onions are soft, add the remaining vegetables the juice from the tomatoes, and the chopped tomatoes, the raisins, the parsley and cilantro. Add the honey and enough chick-pea broth or vegetable broth to cover, bring to a boil, then simmer until the vegetables are done and the liquid has reduced, making a nice sauce. Add the green peas during the last 5 minutes.

Make the couscous and serve with the vegetables and their sauce. Garnish with cilantro or parsley.:

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