When you are on a diet, eating can get boring quickly. Most people think that cutting calories from their diet mean eating bland. Truthfully, it's the farther from the truth when it come to Moroccan food. With the right spices and flavoring, whole grains and vegetables take on a whole new life.
Moroccan cuisine will definitely deliver when you want to eat healthy without foregoing flavor. Easy to make, delicious, and nutritious, there are countless possibilities for meal planning.
Let's look at some favorite food from Morocco.
Main meals, breakfasts, relaxed lunches, and snacks are all possible with the staples in Moroccan diet. Recipes are also more than accommodating for vegetarians and vegans.
Couscous is a grain-like wheat but is so versatile. You can substitute it for rice or pasta with your own favorite recipes. Used as a base for stews, sauces, and vegetables, it's healthy with a slightly nutty flavor.
Adding spices to any food is the way to go. You can turn any dishinto something spectacular with the right spices. Moroccan cuisine is known for its spices, and the flavor and aroma are unmistakable.
When cooking, add the spices, like cumin, to the oil before you add the ingredients. It brings out the flavor more and mixes better with the other seasonings.
A salad is often a hearty fare in Moroccan cuisine and but can also be eaten as a light meal. Cucumbers are popular, as are tomatoes, and carrots can be used as the base. Cooked vegetables are often used, served hot or cold, plus chickpeas, and for more flavor, lemon, lime, olives, and garlic.
Who doesn't love a great filling soup? Often made with a lentil or chickpea base, these soups can be a full meal on their own. Flavorful and spicy, these soups are also nourishing. Lentils are often used for cooking and are easy to work with, and extremely good for you.
Light pastries, cookies, and other confections are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and compliment any meal. These are usually made wholesome stuff like almond, pistachio, shortbread, dates, and walnuts.
You won't get very far into the Moroccan cuisine without discovering the goodness in a cup of mint tea. Not likely what you're used to, it will be hot, sweet, and bitter, all at the sametime. It is so ubiquitous in the Moroccan diet that you can have a cup first thing in the morning, after meals, before bed, or with your pastries in the afternoon.
Let's also not forget the wines. Due to the climate and high mountains, the geography makes it ideal for wines. Red wine is the popular choice because it is easier to grow the grapes and pick them. It makes for a great for pairing with complex-flavored dishes.
Moroccan cuisine is perfect for any type of diet. If you like your spices, just try Moroccan food. You can easily fill your whole day of food planning with the many choices.
If you are new to Moroccan food, try it at a restaurant first. You can ask the staff for suggestions and about the spice levels.