Monday, December 13, 2010

Clean Moroccan Beef & Root Veggies

Got the new issue of Clean Eating and it is chock full of soothing comfort food - my fav!!  The first thing I had to try was the Moroccan Beef.  I thought it was pretty good and it really made the house smell lovely.

There are also recipes for Thai Vegetarian Chili and Chicken Tetrazzini that I want to take a stab at this week (hopefully).  One thing I can't get the hang of is making dinner when work is busy.  This week we resorted to pizza one night, Whole Foods buffet another, and most unfortunately, one night when it was just me, a 1/2 bag of cheese curls.  Ugh.

So, here's to better eating from here on out!!  In case you want to give the beef a whirl, the recipe is below.

olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
2 navel oranges
1 1/2 lb. stew meat
1/2 medium onion (chopped)
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp coriander
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 1/2 tsp tomato paste
2 3/4 chicken stock
1 small turnip (peeled & chopped)
3 parsnips (peeled & chopped)
2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
12 prunes
3/4 cup whole wheat couscous
3 scallions (thinly sliced), for garnish

Preheat oven to 350.  Remove peel of one orange with a veggie peeler (removing as much pith as possible), set aside.  Juice one orange, set aside.

Pat beef dry and season with salt and pepper.  Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Brown meat in batches and set aside.

Drain any fat from pan and heat more olive oil.  Add onion and cook until tender.  Add cumin, coriander, cinnamon & cayenne.  Stir and cook for about 2 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Add 1 3/4 cups of the stock, reserved orange peel and juice.  Bring to a simmer and then add beef and any juices back into pot.  When simmering begins again, cover and place in preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Remove pot from oven and add remaining 1 cup of stock, turnip, parsnips and carrots.  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven again and add plums.  Return to oven and cook for another 25 minutes.

About 15 minutes before beef is done, bring 1 cup water to boil.  Add couscous, remove from heat, cover and set aside for 5 minutes.  Fluff with fork and divide among bowls.  Top with beef and veggies and garnish with scallions and zest of remaining orange.

Here's my attempt at taking better and more appetizing food photos.  :)
Approximate nutritional info as per Clean Eating:
Calories: 492
Fat 13g
Sat Fat 3g
Carbs 64g
Fiber 10g
Sugars 19g
Protein 34g
Sodium 422mg
Cholesterol 50mg


  1. Just wanted to let you know i got the DVD you sent, it popped into the post box on Monday. I've not had time to stick it in my DVD player yet, but hopefully will be able to this weekend. Thank you very much!

  2. THAT looks great! Where did you get the recipe... from a magazine or a cookbook? If that is a subscription to a magazine, which is what it sounds like... I am subscribing!! That looks so yummy!!

    Hope you are well,


  3. EGB - so glad you got the DVD. Hope you love it!! :)

    Marge - Hey lady. It is a magazine called Clean Eating (although they do have a cookbook too which I have). Amazon has the mag and the book.

  4. Hello,

    We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
    We would like to add it to the

    We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
    enjoy your recipes.

    Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
    and benefit from their exposure on

    To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use or just go to and click on "Add your site"

    Best regards,