Friday, April 12, 2013

Moroccan-Style Lamb and Chickpeas

So I saw this recipe when looking for a recipe for couscous.  I decided we had to have it because I knew we would omit the raisins and I was pretty sure that I could handle the carrots.  I was right.

D made it and it came together very quickly. We both agreed that it would be better if it cooked longer to meld the tastes together.  We were right because it tasted better for lunch the next day.  And I was right about the carrots.  During lunch, I ate all of them first, and then it was REALLY good, as opposed to just being good.

We had with Couscous.  Would have again.

Moroccan-Style Lamb and Chickpeas

Ground lamb is simmered with the warm, fragrant spices of Morocco in this fast weeknight lamb dish. Serve over a simple Couscous-Arugula Salad.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
Total:40 Minutes

Photo by ALB
1 pound lean ground lamb
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups vertically sliced onion
1/2 cup (1/4-inch) diagonally cut carrot
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup golden raisins (didn't use)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (15 1/2-ounce can) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb to pan; cook 6 minutes, stirring to crumble. Remove lamb from pan with a slotted spoon. Discard drippings. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and carrot to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Add cumin, cinnamon, coriander, and pepper; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add reserved lamb, broth, and next 5 ingredients (through chickpeas); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro and lemon juice.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 430; Fat: 20.3g; Saturated fat: 7.3g; Monounsaturated fat: 8.8g; Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g; Protein: 27.2g; Carbohydrate: 36.1g; Fiber: 6.5g; Cholesterol: 83mg; Iron: 3.5mg; Sodium: 647mg; Calcium: 88mg

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2011

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