Lindsey’s Lean Moroccan Tagine
· 1 lb beef chuck (1-inch cubes) ON SALE: $3.99/lb (save $2.00/lb)
· 1 red onion, chopped
· 4 garlic cloves, minced
· 1 qt low sodium Vegetable Broth
· 3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled winter squash (butternut, or kobucha)
· 1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
· 1-2 Tbs honey or agave
· 1 can of chickpeas, no salt added (drained and rinsed)
· 1 cup dried Apricots or dates (or both), chopped
· 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
· 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
· 1 scallion chopped
· 2 Tbs 100% juice (orange, apricot or prune)
· ½ cup Almonds (unsalted), dry roasted in oven at 325 F for 5-7 minutes
· 3 Tbs Organic Whole Foods Market Tagine Seasoning
· 1 teaspoon ground cumin
· 1 tsp cinnamon
· 3/4 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, blend spices together. Sprinkle half of the seasoning blend over the beef and toss to combine. Store in refrigerator.
Heat a dutch oven or large pan over medium high heat. Add garlic, onions, and a splash of vegetable broth. Steam fry the garlic and onions for 3-4 minutes adding small amounts of broth at a time to prevent sticking. Add remaining spice blend, butternut squash. Saute until browned, about 2 minutes.
Add remaining broth, tomatoes with liquid, chickpeas, agave, half of the chopped apricots and half of the chopped dates. Mix ingredients and bring to a boil. Place spice-coated meat into pan so that it is immersed in the braising liquid. Reduce to a simmer and cook low and slow for 45 minutes to 1 hr.
Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, bring 2 cups of water and quinoa to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover for 12-15 minutes. Toss in toasted almonds, chopped scallions, remaining apricots and dates, and 2 Tbs of juice. Fluff with fork to combine, and set aside. (note: whole wheat couscous, amaranth, or millet can be used in place of quinoa for alternative whole grain options)
After 45 minutes, check the tagine to see if the squash has softened and the meat has become tender (continue to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes if needed). Season with salt and pepper. Plate tagine over a serving of quinoa, (be sure to ladle extra braising liquid over the dish!). Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh cilantro. Enjoy! (Healthy Hint: this is a great slow cooker recipe)