Sunday, March 21, 2010

Food, Glorious Food!

Mmm... cooking new foods. I've made some Moroccan tasty treats in the last week or two!

Moroccan Lamb Tagine
a sweet stew with lamb, pistachios, golden raisins, and garbanzo beans. Yum! and healthy too.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pound lamb stew meat
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp honey
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 can (15 oz.) garbanzo beans/chickpeas
1/3 cup pistachios, chopped
2 tbsp cilantro leaves

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat with olive oil. Add onion, salt, pepper, and cumin; saute 4 minutes. Add garlic, saute 1 minute. Add lamb, saute 4 minutes, brown on all sides. Stir in tomato paste and honey, stir for 30 seconds. Add broth, raisins, and chickpeas; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook 50 minutes or until lamb in tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with pistachios and cilantro.

I served this stew with Potato Carrot Pancakes
Just grate about two carrots and one large potato (I used Yukon Gold), mix them together with a bit of egg to bind (I poured in a tiny bit of egg beaters), and one chopped green onion, salt, pepper... Whatever. I just browned in the pan with cooking spray to be healthier, but if you want to fry em up, go ahead! mm. Oh, and served with sour cream and applesauce is definitely the way to go :)

Sorry, I don't have my own pictures of these next recipes but they are so simple and tasty you should try anyway! This is Weight Watchers, actually. Here is their little picture.
Moroccan-spiced Pork Chops
4 pork chops
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Dry rub the chops, marinate for awhile, grill em up! 
and serve with...

Apricot Cous Cous
10 oz. dry cous cous
2 cups chicken broth
1 can apricots, chopped
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
Boil up the cous cous in a pot, then fold in apricots and cilantro. That's all there is to it!


Caroline said...


trishie said...

Everything looks so delish!!!

tiffany said...

mmmm sounds yummy

xo tiffany

OneCraftyFox said...

You don't mind if I come over for dinner, do you? I promise I won't eat too much and I can bring a wicked dessert :)

Casa Bella said...

I love the Moroccan stew! I'm actually making it for dinner tomorrow. I'm always looking for new, healthy recipes. Love your blog. I'll be following it. Take care!

Giovanna ♥ said...

Oh how yummy this is! I just came across your blog and love it!

Taj Acosta said...

I will be trying those carrot cakes yummm!

OneCraftyFox said...

Get over to my blog, girl... you've won a giveaway!! :)

trishie said...

Hey Laura, it's me again!!

Just letting you know that i'm hosting a giveaway at my blog at the moment, and would love for you to enter!

OneCraftyFox said...

Hey girl, to answer your question on my blog, YES, you are welcome to enter again :)

its simple love said...

Mmmmmm those potato carrot cakes look divine. May I have one?

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Tangerine Fairy said...

These look so yummy!! I'm going to try this recipe! thanks for sharing :) BTW: love your blog name..lavender and lace is two of my fav things too..

fhen said...

looks really good!
ah now you make me really hungry