Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

Moroccan spiced mince with couscous

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(61 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

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    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

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    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

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    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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tamsinthefoodie
21st Mar, 2012
4.05
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
22nd Feb, 2012
4.05
swapped the quorn for beef mince, and went down really well :) full of flavour and texture and will be making again!
mrskatieb
15th Feb, 2012
Really enjoyed this recipe, was surprised it tasted so good with the Quorn, healthy alternative! Def make again for a mid week meal.
weebuns1974
4th Jan, 2012
4.05
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.
weebuns1974
4th Jan, 2012
4.05
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.
trishkins69
2nd Nov, 2011
1.05
Not very keen on this. A bit grey looking and watery. Don't think I will be making it again. Shame, it sounded good.
itskath425
26th Aug, 2011
5.05
I really liked this recipe although I did add some ras-el-hanout for extra flavour. Served leftovers with noodles which I think went better than the couscous.
alisonpg
29th Jul, 2011
5.05
Simple and tasty, great choice for veggies. We will definitely be eating again soon.
sircrouton
24th Jul, 2011
4.05
Delicious, used real mince instead of Quorn.. but we decided we're not the biggest fan of couscous
anitashah3
22nd Jun, 2011
3.05
I added houmous and warm pitta bread as a side when i served this and it went well. My 19 month old son like it too.

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