Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Moroccan Beef Stew & Cous Cous

This healthy aromatic stew will fill your house with the aromas of the Middle East while the Cous Cous and Chick peas provide a fantastic source of complex low GI carbohydrates.


100g Pine Nuts
400g Cous Cous
4 teaspoons of dried Coriander Leaf
3 teaspoons of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Cinamon
1.5 unwaxed Lemons
2 teaspoons of turmeric
800g lean cubed casserole Beef
1 x 400g tin chick peas drained
1  x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 brown onion sliced
1 red onion chopped
2 Chicken Stock Cubes
1 Beef Stock Cube
250g chopped dried apricots
1 cup Kalamata Olives


1. Mix the following ingredients into either a slow cooker or an oven-proof dish:
  • Cubed Beef (no need to pre-brown)
  • Tin Tomatoes
  • Chick Peas
  • 2 teaspoons of Coriander Leaf
  • 2 teaspoons of Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of Cinamon
  • 1 unwaxed lemon cut into quarters - this is for flavouring only so try and avoid eating it in the finished stew, alternatively you can use a preserved lemon if you can get hold of one which is more palatable
  • Sliced brown onion
  • Half the chopped apricots
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Beef Stock Cube
2. Slow cook the stew for about 8 hours in a slow cooker or until the beef begins to flake, alternatively stew on a low heat (around 160 degrees) in the over for 3-4 hours.

3.  Toast the pine nuts gently in a dry frying pan until lightly browned and set to one side

4. Around ten minutes before serving, mix the following ingredients in a saucepan:
  • Cous Cous
  •  Around 400ml of boiling water - the water should be around 1.5 times the volume of Cous Cous
  • Remaining turmeric, coriander leaf and cumin
  • Chicken Stock Cubes
  • Red Onion
  • Remaining apricots
5. Bring the Cous Cous mix to the boil on the stove and simmer until all the water has evaporated (around 3-4 minutes)

6. Remove the Cous Cous from the heat and cover for 5 minutes

7. Add the toasted pine nuts to the Cous Cous mix and fluff with a fork

8. Serve a bed of Cous Cous with the Stew spooned over the top.


  1. Really enjoying looking at your posts and recipes Arran, you're definitely doing it! Great to see someone shaping up under their own steam, keep going, looking great!

    1. Hi Janice

      Thank you for the kind message. I checked out your site too, loving the look of the recipes in your cook book, clearly grounded in the same clean eating principles I've adopted to achieve my goals. Keep up the good work!