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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robso.car's picture
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I really liked this! Added some chilli and only used half the stock, as suggested by comments :).

Suzan Riad's picture

Excellent recepi! Added some tomato paste and it workd perfectly and couscous taste delicious

nadias1974's picture

Don't bother. This receipe is bland and tasteless. Very disappointing. Also, not sure how they came to the conclusion that it feeds four.

Debzie's picture

We thought that this was pretty boring - it might have been improved by frying the spices with the onions. Next time I'd just make a simple bolognaise or chilli with the mince.

maddyshine's picture

This recipe was great. I had 10 friends over for dinner and used this (Just double the quantities). I added leeks and kidney beans in chill sauce and left out the apricots. Fab dish and was thoroughly enjoyed! I only used half the amount of stock that was recommended and it sufficed.

vlatus's picture

Way too much stock. I used turkey mince and Ras-al-hanout spices, adding chopped celery, courgette and red pepper to bulk it out. Didn't bother with cashew nuts. I did use fresh lemon zest and fresh chopped mint (fresh herbs have a much better flavour than dried). The couscous was lovely, although I did add a knob or two of butter to it and a generous pinch of salt. Very nice flavours and worked well together, will do occasionally by way of a change but not something I'd add to my list of "regulars".

Foodyatfourty's picture

Diabolical. Accidentally gave it 5 stars, meant to give it one

morgs00's picture

Very nice meal and super easy. As per the other comments I added some chili powder to increase the spice to taste. Would certainly make again.

mindymoo62's picture
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Forgot to say I also added a tin of mixed beans! Lol

mindymoo62's picture
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Really easy to make and very tasty. I used turkey mince which turned out really well. I added apricots and raisins, a little more cumin and also a pinch of chilli flakes. Step daughters hoovered their plates!
I also put a stock cube in the water when making the couscous.
Soo easy and quick. Will make again very soon :-)

paradroid's picture
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Tried this last night with lamb mince. It was lovely although we did add a small amount of chilli powder to spice it up a bit more. One tip...watch the nuts in the oven.. I burned all mine by not paying attention.

beckylpriestley's picture
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This was ok but needed to add less stock as it took forever to thicken. The flavours were ok but I don't think i'll make again.

alibambi90's picture
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Really disappointing recipe found it so bland and dry!!

jharrold's picture
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This was delicious. We are a pair of meat eaters but trying to reduce red meat intake and this will become a regular mid week meal. Super quick and easy. Added a handful of halved cherry tomatoes and a yellow pepper. Didn't have any lemons or mint for the couscous so just squirted some concentrated lemon in, added some parsley, ground coriander and salt and pepper and that worked well.

denisejura's picture
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my family love this recipe. I make it regular with meat mince as my children are meat eaters, but they also love the vegetarian version

kalisha04's picture

This sounds really good, im planning to make this with the added chickpeas and peppers, but when would you add them in?

tamsinthefoodie's picture
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Did as others suggested and added 2 tomatoes, a pepper and chickpeas to the mix. Definitely needed lots of extra seasoning (or two stock cubes). Was ok after all this however, what was even better, I had some left over the next day on a jacket potato with sour-cream on top and it was really tasty after a night of marinating.

flinz84's picture
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swapped the quorn for beef mince, and went down really well :) full of flavour and texture and will be making again!

mrskatieb's picture

Really enjoyed this recipe, was surprised it tasted so good with the Quorn, healthy alternative! Def make again for a mid week meal.

weebuns1974's picture
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Quick and easy, works well with Quorn. Needs plenty of seasoning and you get more depth to the flavour if you add lemon juice and a little chilli to the main dish.

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