Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

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Cooking time

Ready in 35-40 minutes, plus draining time

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Adding dried fruit, fresh mint and warm spices to savoury dishes is typical of North African cooking. Quorn replaces meat in this recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
497
protein
24g
carbs
67g
fat
16g
saturates
2g
fibre
9g
sugar
0g
salt
1.21g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 350g pack Quorn mince
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 100g ready-to-eat dried apricots, quartered
  • 600ml vegetable stock

For the couscous

  • 280g couscous
  • grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 50g unsalted cashews, toasted under the grill

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan, add the onions and cook gently for 5 minutes until they soften. Stir in the Quorn and spices (unlike meat and poultry, Quorn doesn’t need to be browned), then add the apricots and stock. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and cook gently for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make up the couscous following the packet instructions – it will take about 450ml boiling water to give it a nice fluffy texture. Fork through the lemon zest and mint. Season to taste.
  3. Spoon the couscous onto serving plates, pile the Quorn mixture on top and scatter with the cashews.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2003

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laura-stu's picture
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Made this last night for for friends over for dinner - was very quick and easy so ideal for midweek. Used lamb mince instead of quorn and added some lemon juice and olive oil to the cous cous. I'm not usually a fan of fruit in savoury dishes, but once the mince has simmered the apricots add a subtle sweetness.

jonellepriest's picture

Just served this for supper and the whole family loved it - even the fussy ones! Added a tin of peas - as per some suggestions - and it was great!

slippery_chimp's picture
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Something about the mix of spices just didn't work for me

huxley-radish's picture
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Made with quorn - not a veggie, just don't like to eat too much fatty red meat - and it was wonderful. My boyfriend who lives of super noodles when I'm not feeding him was amazed at how lovely this was. Will be done at one of my pot luck dinner parties. Thanks :D

madashatters's picture

Very tasty and easy to make

gwenniep's picture
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Absolutely delicious, lovely vegetarian recipe easy to make.

hungry_jenny's picture
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Oops forgot to rate.

hungry_jenny's picture
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Tried this last night and the flavour of the spices with the mince is gorgeous...but shortly realised that the taste of toasted cashew nuts really doesn't agree with me! This quickly put me off during the rest of the meal which was really disappointing as the mince was really nice.

I also thought to just add a mixture of dried fruit rather than apricots as it's what I had in the cupboard but that really didn't work either. Oh well, trial and error.

Will try again minus the cashews and dried fruit!

sandraleeben's picture
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Really liked the couscous! Cashews, mint and lemon zest give it the real kick. Used dried mint, though, cause I find fresh too overpowering. I also agree with the others that it might need some more veggies...squash and pepper would work well, i think.

stesar's picture
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I made this tonight the family loved it, I added peas to it & mixed the mince with pasta. was great, will make again.

emmyloug's picture
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I really enjoyed this recipe - the toasted cashews really make it. As there was only me eating it, I made the full amount as per stage 1 and then froze the other 3 portions for a later date which worked well.

saucydevil's picture

Really nice, easy dish, not being a veggie I used mince. Didn't find it dry at all. Will be making this again soon.

jompower's picture
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We used lamb mince instead of quorn but it was quite dry and the children thought it was very sweet might make it again but I doubt it.

vgibson's picture
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Made it with Lamb Mince and added some red pepper and peas to the mince. Yummy :-)

grahamef's picture

So easy and absolutely delicious - made it with both low fat mince and quorn, works well with either.

lisa_stone's picture
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Used lamb mince as I had some spare and extra cinnamon. Very tasty

jodutton's picture

good recipe but I wasn't very keen on the combination of the cumin and cinnamon

stephencooles's picture
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Substituted lamb mince for the quorn, but otherwise lovely recipe, and very simple to cook. Next time however would use a little less stock (around 500 - 550ml) as had to leave the wok on heat for 30 min to get the sauce to thicken. Left out the mint as well.

nixkitz's picture
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Substituted the quorn for turkey mince, and left out the mint. Delicious and the cashews really complimented the mix. Very quick to make on a work night.

operahead's picture

Tasty meal, that even our 1 year old loved. Like some others I used lamb. I don't remember any Quorn type animal, last time I was in Marrakech!

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