National Vegetarian Week: Five-a-day tagine

It is National Vegetarian Week and there are so many fabulous vegetarian recipes out there we wanted to share some of them with you.  If you think vegetarian food is no fun, or you’ve loved it for years, give our recipes a try this week!

Our recipe for day two is Five-a-day tagine. We found this tasty dish on BBC Good Food. The following recipe serves 4 people, only takes ten minutes to prepare and 35 to cook. If you don’t get through it all it is easy to freeze portions for another day. Some people find it difficult to get their five portions of fruit and vegetables into meals in a day – this great recipe gives you a great head start with a variety of different vegetables.  The ingredients make great healthy snacks on their own but they work brilliantly combined in this tasty recipe too.


  • 4 carrots , cut into chunks
  • 4 small parsnips , or 3 large, cut into chunks
  • 3 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin , paprika, cinnamon and mild chilli powder
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 small handfuls soft dried apricots
  • 2 tsp honey


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Scatter the veg over a couple of baking trays, drizzle with half the oil, season, then rub the oil over the veg with your hands to coat. Roast for 30 mins until tender and beginning to brown.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the spices in the remaining oil for 1 min – they should sizzle and start to smell aromatic. Tip in the tomatoes, apricots, honey and a can of water. Simmer for 5 mins until the sauce is slightly reduced and the apricots plump, then stir in the veg and some seasoning. Serve with couscous or jacket potatoes.
  3. Enjoy!

If you’d like to know how you can snack more healthily click here.

  • Abi
  • 21 May 2013

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