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Butternut tagine and cauliflower 'couscous' recipe

Butternut tagine and cauliflower 'couscous' recipe

6 ratings

With butternut squash, peppers and lentils, this vegan tagine is packed full with vibrant veggies. Serve with cauliflower 'couscous' and a sprinkling of fresh coriander. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 30 mins to cook
  • 303 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions, finely sliced
  • 250g frozen sliced peppers
  • 350g pack butternut squash & sweet potato
  • 2 tbsp harissa seasoning
  • 390g tin green lentils in water
  • 400g tin plum tomatoes
  • 1 vegetable stock pot, made up to 400ml
  • 500g frozen cauliflower florets
  • 10g fresh coriander, finely chopped
4 of your 5-a-day and high in fibre

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 12%
  • Saturates

    1g 7%
  • Sugars

    23g 26%
  • Salt

    1.7g 28%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 41.5g Protein 11.1g Fibre 12g


  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the onions for 6-8 mins. Add the frozen peppers, the squash mix and harissa seasoning; fry for another 6-8 mins until the peppers have defrosted.
  2. Add the lentils with the water in the tin, the plum tomatoes and stock. Simmer for 15-20 mins until the squash is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  3. Meanwhile, put the frozen caulifower in a heatproof bowl and microwave on high* for 6-8 mins, stirring halfway, until defrosted and warm but not piping hot. Pat dry with kitchen paper and tip into a food processor. Pulse a few times to break up the forets into ‘grains’ resembling couscous. (Don’t blend too much or you’ll end up with a purée!) Transfer to a bowl and return to the microwave for 2-3 mins until warmed through. Stir in most of the coriander.
  4. Divide the caulifower couscous between 4 bowls and spoon over the squash tagine. Serve with the remaining coriander scattered over.

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze tagine only. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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