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Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
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Lamb with Dates, Apricots, and Saffron over Couscous

Lamb with Dates, Apricots, and Saffron over Couscous

Middle Eastern-style stews often combine meat, spices, and fruit.

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 (1-pound) boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 large orange)
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot
1/2 cup dried apricots, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
1/2 cup halved pitted dates
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 cups hot cooked couscous

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add lamb, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan.
Add onion, juice, and garlic to pan; cook until liquid evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in cumin, coriander, and saffron; cook 15 seconds. Return lamb to pan. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in carrot, apricots, and dates. Cover and cook 18 minutes or until carrot is tender. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and mint. Serve over couscous.
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup lamb mixture and 1/2 cup couscous)

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 416(16% from fat); FAT 7.5g (sat 2.6g,mono 3.4g,poly 0.5g); PROTEIN 29.4g; CHOLESTEROL 73mg; CALCIUM 70mg; SODIUM 584mg; FIBER 5.5g; IRON 3.6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 57.7g
David Bonom , Cooking Light, SEPTEMBER 2007

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