Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

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(63 ratings)

Ready in 35-40 minutes, plus draining time

Easy

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal497
  • fat16g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre9g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.21g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 350g pack Quorn mince
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
    Cumin

    Cumin

    q-min

    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric

    term-er-ik

    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 100g ready-to-eat dried apricots, quartered
    Apricots

    Apricot

    ay-pree-kot

    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 600ml vegetable stock

For the couscous

  • 280g couscous
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • grated zest of 2 lemons
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
    Mint

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 50g unsalted cashews, toasted under the grill
    Cashew

    Cashew

    ka-shoo

    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

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.

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vlatus
28th Nov, 2013
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
3rd Oct, 2013
Diabolical. Accidentally gave it 5 stars, meant to give it one
morgs00
16th Sep, 2013
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
25th May, 2013
4.05
Forgot to say I also added a tin of mixed beans! Lol
mindymoo62
25th May, 2013
4.05
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
24th Jan, 2013
4.05
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
22nd Jan, 2013
2.05
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
18th Sep, 2012
2.05
Really disappointing recipe found it so bland and dry!!
jharrold
5th Sep, 2012
5.05
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
3rd Sep, 2012
5.05
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

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