Dinner, Meat, Moroccan, Stew

Beef and Sweet Potato Harissa

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As the Beatles said “I get by with a little help from my friends”.  For this recipe, my “friend” was store bought Harissa Simmer sauce.  I keep reading about Harissa in magazines and have always wanted to try it.  However, this past weekend, I was in the mood for something delicious and fast.  So, I used the simmer sauce.  But I did doctor it up.  It turned out delicious! I mean, really delicious! MIND-BLOWING DELICIOUS!  Here is what you will need.

Ingredients:

1.5lbs stew beef

2 sweet potatoes, diced

1 large red onion, diced into large chunks

1 tomato, diced

1 can of red kidney beans

1 packet of Harissa simmer sauce ( I used Saffron Road)

2 tsp of cinnamon

2 tbsp of olive oil

salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste.

2 tbsp of chopped scallions

Lime wedges for serving (optional)

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Method:

Brown the meat in oil and set aside.

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Add the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, onions, salt pepper and cinnamon and cook till vegetables soften.

Add the meat, beans and pour in the sauce.  I filled the pouch with water to rinse off every last bit of the sauce and poured it into the pot.

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Simmer on medium high heat for 30 40 mins, till meat and vegetables and fork tender. Add scallions at the very end and take off heat.

Serve hot with polenta or couscous.

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Salad

Tuna and White Bean Salad

I read this recipe in the New York Times back in 2009 and I have been making this salad on a regular basis.  It is perfect for lunch and can be eaten cold or at room temperature.  As usual, I made some changes to suit my personal taste.

Ingredients:

4, 8oz cans of tuna (packed in oil, packed in water will do too)

2, 15.5 oz cans of Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 Tbsp of dried parsley

1 tsp of ground sage

1/2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar

salt and fresh cracked black pepper (to taste)

Method:

1. Rinse and drain the beans.

2. Drain a little bit of the oil and then add the tuna in a bowl and flake the fish with a fork.

3. Add the beans and toss in the herbs and vinegar

4. Season with salt and pepper.

5.  You can add this salad wo spinach or arugula–these salad greens have a personality of their own and can stand up to the tuna.

Note: the original  recipe called for chopped red onion, but since I am taking the salad to work, I thought I would do my lab mates a favor and avoid the onion AND tuna breath, hahahaha!  Also, if you are using tuna packed in water then add a few tablespoons of olive oil.

I hope you like this light, protein packed and super healthy salad.