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Moroccan Rice

This is a great accompaniment to slow cooked Moroccan lamb, full of flavour!

Cook 1 cup Jasmine rice in 2 cups chicken stock (or water), while it is cooking you can prepare the rest of the dish:

You will need:
~ 1 brown onion, finely diced
~ 2 tbsp olive oil
~ couple of handfuls of natural almonds, chopped roughly
~ 1/4 tsp ground cumin
~ 1/2 tsp ground coriander
~ 1/8 tsp ground tumeric
~ handful of raisins/sultanas
~ small bunch of coriander leaf, chopped roughly
~ handful of cashews
~ juice from 1/4 orange

While the rice is cooking, fry the onions and oil in a pan for a few minutes on med-high heat
Add the almonds and spices and keep stiring the mixture until fragrant
Add a bit more oil if the mixture starts to get a bit dry
Add the raisins for the last few minutes
When the rice is cooked, stir through the onion/almond/raisin mix
Add the coriander leaf, cashews and orange juice and mix thoroughly

moroccan nuts rice almonds sultanas raisins

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Slow Cooked Beef Brisket

So far, this recipe is the winner for my slow cooker challenge!

After slicing into the brisket cut of meat, there was quite a lot of fat throughout it, so I removed a large amount of the hard fat, but left the top layer of softer fat there, to melt away while cooking.

Time: 7 hours
Serves: 4-6

beef brisket spiced slow cooked

Prepare the rub in a small dish with the following spices:
~ 1 tsp sweet paprika
~ 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
~ 1/2 tsp cumin
~ pinch of salt and pepper

Drizzle some olive oil over the meat (ours was about 2.3kg before the removal of the fat) and massage in the spice mix a few pinches at a time (I didn’t want to over power the meat with the spice rub)

Place 2 sliced onions in the bottom of your slow cooker with about 1/4 cup water
Place the spice-rubbed meat on top

I also added a ‘sauce’ made up of the following and poured this over the top of the meat before cooking:
~ 2 heaped tsp brown sugar
~ 1 tsp Worcester Sauce
~ about 1/4 cup max of beef stock (just to loosen the mixture)

Cook in the slow cooker on high for 6 hours then turn to low for the final hour
After about 4 hours, I needed to scoop some of the excess liquid and fat out, as I found the brisket was starting to become submerged in it.

The meat will literally fall apart as you take it out of the slow cooker, but that is the best part!

I served this with some spiced corn on the cob, chimichurri sauce, mashed carrot and parsnip as well as some steamed greens

beef brisket spiced slow cooked

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Beef Chili

A great staple recipe which I usually have as a fallback option, as I usually have all the ingredients on hand.

~ 1 large brown onion (or red), peeled and chopped finely
~ 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
~ 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
~ 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
~ 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
~ 1/2 tsp ground cumin
~ 1/2 tsp ground coriander
~ 1 small chili, finely chopped (or ground chili)

Heat a large pot on the stove top, add a little olive oil and place each above ingredient in, one at a time
Once everything is in the pot, reduce the heat to medium and add the following, stiring after each additions:
~ 1 tin diced tomatoes
~ 1 tin of water
~ 500g beef mince (break it up as you add it)
~ 1 tbsp tomato paste

Reduce the heat to med-low and allow to simmer for as long as possible (I find about 2 hours is the best, adding water as you need to and stirring often)
With about 30 minutes to go until serving, add in:
~ 1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
~ 1 tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
~ good splash of balsamic vinegar
~ 1 red capsicum, roughly chopped

Serve with either rice, corn chips or wraps along with some sour cream/greek yoghurt, avocado or grated cheese – garnish with some coriander leaves.

Consistency before simmering:

Serves 6 – Serving Size 336 g

Amount Per Serving (below is without the sides or the rice):
Calories 312 (Calories from Fat 60)
Total Fat 6.7g (10% RDI)
Saturated Fat 2.2g (11% RDI)
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 74mg (25% RDI)
Sodium 96mg (4% RDI)
Total Carbohydrates 29.1g (10% RDI)
Dietary Fiber 8.0g (32% RDI)
Sugars 7.4g
Protein 33.5g
Vitamin A 95% RDI
Vitamin C 66% RDI
Calcium 7% RDI
Iron 31% RDI

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