Slow-Cooker Beef & Carrot Tagine with Almond Couscous

Slow-Cooker Beef & Carrot Tagine with Almond Couscous

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From: EatingWell Magazine, September 2019

Feel free to experiment with the spices in this simple slow-cooker beef stew—keep cumin and cinnamon in the mix, but try adding cardamom and ginger for greater depth of flavor. Both the stew and the almond couscous are very easy to prep, and the active time is just 20 minutes. Recipe adapted from Slow Cook Modern.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 2½ pounds beef stew meat, such as chuck
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • Almond Couscous
  • 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • 1¾ cups whole-wheat couscous
  • 1¾ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


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  1. Place beef in a 4- to 7-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with paprika, 1¼ teaspoons salt, cumin, fennel seeds, cinnamon and pepper; toss to coat. Pile carrots on the beef and pour tomatoes and ½ cup water over the top. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  2. To prepare couscous: About 20 minutes before serving, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds and cook, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Add couscous and stir to coat. Add water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and remove from heat; let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and stir in cilantro.
  3. Just before serving, stir raisins into the slow cooker, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve the tagine with the couscous.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Equipment: 4- to 7-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¾ cup tagine & ½ cup couscous
  • Per serving: 348 calories; 9 g fat(3 g sat); 7 g fiber; 38 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 17 mcg folate; 73 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 7,886 IU vitamin A; 5 mg vitamin C; 72 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 694 mg sodium; 710 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (158% daily value), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 1½ starch, 1 fat, 1 vegetable

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