Spiced Braised Beef With Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into chunks
  • 2 sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch-thick half-moons
  • 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • kosher salt
  • 1 10-ounce box couscous (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 2 cups baby spinach (1 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds, chopped

Directions

  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the beef, potatoes, tomatoes (and their juices), onion, apricots, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup water.
  2. Cook, covered, until the meat is tender, on high for 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  3. Ten minutes before serving, prepare the couscous according to the package directions.
  4. Add the chickpeas to the slow cooker and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the spinach. Serve with the couscous and sprinkle with the almonds.
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This weekend, I made a meal for two.  My boyfriend and I made Coupon Books for Valentine’s Day, and one of his coupons was a home-cooked meal of his choice.  He chose Spiced Braised Beef with Sweet Potatoes from Real Simple.
The recipe was very easy, as any slow-cooked meal is.  After chopping up the sweet potatoes (harder than I thought!) and red onion, I only had to combine the other ingredients and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
It was a little funny, we ended up eating this heavy hearty stew on the first day of Spring.  It was in the 70s and I was sunburnt! But, it was still very tasty. I do have a good portion of leftovers if I have any takers. :)
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