Beef and Butternut Tagine

Ah fall! The time when the winter squash are plentiful! Sometimes I get tired of doing the same-old, same-old with butternut squash, so I tried this recipe for a bit of variety! The result – a tasty, different way to enjoy butternut squash! 🙂

Beef butternut tagine - done

Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash
Adapted from Cooking Light, Jan 2011
Serves 4

2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (1-pound) trimmed beef sirloin, cubed
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 shallots, quartered
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add beef; toss well to coat.

2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef and shallots; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.

Beef butternut tagine - cooking

Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes. Add squash; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until squash is tender.

Beef butternut tagine - cooking in process

Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over scallion couscous.

For the scallion couscous
1 1/4 cups chicken stock
1 cup whole wheat couscous
1/3 cup chopped green onion tops

Bring stock to a boil, add couscous. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then stir in green onions.

Nutritional info per serving for Tagine:
Calories: 298.5
Total Fat: 8.4 g
Saturated Fat: 2.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5 g
Cholesterol: 48.2 mg
Sodium: 567.1 mg
Potassium: 616.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 29.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.8 g
Sugars: 3.2 g
Protein: 28.5 g

Nutritional info per serving for couscous:
Calories: 186.4
Total Fat: 0.8 g
Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 1.6 mg
Sodium: 301.7 mg
Potassium: 11.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 39.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.3 g
Sugars: 1.1 g
Protein: 7.1 g

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