Moroccan beef with lemon & herb faux cous cous

Moroccan beef with lemon & herb faux cous cous

Minced meat of any sort has a bad reputation for being boring and not very appetising.

If you treat your minced meat like you would a steak, you can make a huge variety of tasty and economical meals.

Mince is great for batch cooking and is great at taking on bold flavours.

The Moroccan spices have come into their own today with this recipe!

This is one of the many recipes I created when I followed the 90 Day Plan by The Body Coach. Simply use your plans ingredient amounts instead of those shown in the recipe. There are 220 Create Your Own (CYO) friendly recipes in my app and on this website.

Ingredients for 1 serving

176 g extra lean beef mince
46 g onions, chopped
95 g courgette
149 g broccoli made into broccoli rice
80 g avocado, cut into chunks
6 g olive oil
46 g reduced fat sour cream
0.5 beef stock cube
50 ml boiling water
10 g tomato puree
0.5 lemon, zest only
10 g fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp moroccan spice mix
10 g fresh coriander, chopped
salt and pepper


  • Put a frying pan onto a medium heat, add the oil and onion.
  • Let them soften for a few minutes before adding the mince.
  • Brown the mince and use a spatula to break up any large clumps of mince.
  • Sprinkle the spice mix onto the mince and cook it out for a few minutes for the spices oils to be released.
  • Next add the tomato puree and again cook it out by thoroughly mixing it into the mince.
  • Dissolve the stock cube into the boiling water and pour it over the mince.
  • Leave this to simmer for a few minutes so that the water can reduce and thicken the sauce.
  • Using a mini food processor, finely chop the courgette, broccoli and parsley together to make your faux cous cous.
  • Put a frying pan onto a medium and add the rice mixture to warm through without oil or water and add the grated lemon rind.
  • Keep stirring the rice on a medium heat for a couple of minutes then pop it onto a plate.
  • By now the mince mixture should have reduced, add this to the plate.
  • In a bowl add the reduced fat sour cream and mix it with a little black pepper and the chopped coriander.
  • Give it a good mix and add it to your plate.
  • Sprinkle the chopped avocado around the plate and you’re good to go!

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure your mince is extra lean, less than 5% of fat per 100g.
  • Check out the video showing exactly how to make broccoli rice and this is the same method to make your faux cous cous!
  • I like to use low salt stock cubes.
  • The spiced mince mixture will taste even better if you make it the day before you want to eat it.

Nella Foulds
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