Moroccan Spiced Beef With Couscous

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Having a friend over for lunch and I am thinking of something delicious, flavourful, quick and easy. Aromatic Moroccan spiced minced beef with couscous is definitely perfect because I can make them under 40 minutes. And because I have the nerve to come back to Vietnam without the stroopwafel (waffle with caramel-like syrup filling, popular in the Netherlands) that she requested for, I am making it up to her by making an additional dish; eggplant and bell pepper stew.

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Level: Easy

(A)Moroccan spiced minced beef:

Ground beef

1 large carrot, diced

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of all spice powder

½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Salt

Black pepper

1 cup of chicken broth/water with chicken cube

7 – 8 dried apricots, chopped

1 cup of fresh parsley leaves

Olive oil

Couscous

Pistachios, chopped & lightly toasted (optional)

Lemon

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(B)Eggplant & bell pepper stew:

1 large eggplant or 2 medium ones, diced

1 medium zucchini, diced

1 large red bell pepper, diced

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 can of diced tomatoes

Olive oil

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

½ cup of fresh parsley, chopped

Salt

Black pepper

1 cup of vegetable broth/water with vegetable cube

For (A), In a pan, heat oil over a medium heat. Add carrots, onions, all spice, cinnamon and paprika. Cook until vegetables are tender. Stir in the beef, increase the heat to medium high. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Add apricots, parsley, salt and chicken broth. Simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Then, prepare couscous as label directs. Once done, fluff couscous with fork, sprinkle with pistachios and a good squeeze of lemon juice.

For (B), sauté garlic, onions and eggplant with olive oil over a medium heat for 5 – 8 minutes. Add tomato paste. Stir for 2 minutes. Stir in zucchini and red bell peppers. Stir for 2 minutes, add salt and pepper. Add in the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Sprinkle parsley then remove from heat.