Moroccan Bean And Pepper StewCinnamon, ginger and red pepper provide warm flavor and an antioxidant level of over 2,300 ORAC per serving in this Moroccan-inspired stew. Photos courtesy of McCormick.




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July 2008

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Recipes: Mango-Blueberry Cobbler And Moroccan Bean & Pepper Stew


Cinnamon is one of the Seven Super Spices, which all have high levels of antioxidants. Cinnamon has the most antioxidants by far: Just one teaspoon of this spice contains 6,956 ORAC units. Its spicy-sweet flavor makes it the perfect touch in everything from cookies to stew. Get a huge shot of antioxidants by adding cinnamon to the foods you already eat every day: coffee, hot cocoa, cereal, vegetable soups—cinnamon is appropriate for dishes both sweet and savory. Read about all the super spices.


Mango-Blueberry Cobbler

This luscious dessert offers the comfort of a cobbler with the unexpected combination of mangos and blueberries, made complete with the inviting flavors—and antioxidant powers—of cinnamon and ginger.

Serves 6.


Mango-Blueberry Filling

  • 3 cups sliced peeled mangoes
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger  

Mango-Blueberry Cobbler

Biscuit Topping

  • 1/2 cup flour 
  • 4 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. For the filling, mix the mangoes, blueberries and lemon juice in a large bowl. Mix the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and ginger in a separate small bowl. Sprinkle the sugar mix over the fruit; toss to coat well. Spoon into 11x7-inch baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

  3. For the topping, mix the flour, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of the sugar in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls into 6 portions onto fruit mixture. Mix remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle over biscuits.

  4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until fruit is bubbly and topping is browned. Serve warm.


Moroccan Bean & Pepper Stew with Couscous

Cinnamon, ginger, and red pepper not only warm up the flavors of this healthful bean stew, they also fill it with health-promoting antioxidants. It’s as easy as to make as chili, but with terrific exotic flavors.

Serves 6.


Moroccan Bean & Pepper Stew

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 2 cups chopped yellow or red bell
  • 2 cups cubed peeled butternut
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sea salt

CinnamonOne teaspoon of cinnamon has more antioxidants than a cup each of spinach, broccoli, red cabbage and asparagus put together.

  • 1 can (16 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water


  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • Chopped fresh mint (optional)
  • Toasted sliced almonds (optional)


  1. For the stew, start by heating the oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers, squash and onions; cook and stir 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.

  2. Next, add the cinnamon, garlic powder, cumin, ginger, red pepper and sea salt; cook and stir 1 minute.

  3. To finish, stir in the beans, tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

  4. For the couscous, bring the broth, cinnamon and ginger to boil in a medium saucepan on high heat. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in couscous and raisins. Cover. Let stand 5 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Fluff couscous with fork.



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