Couscous and Rutabaga Beef Stew

Source: Eating Well

Ingredients:

4 servings (1 1/2 cups stew & 1/2 cup couscous each). Preparation: 40 min.

  • 1 pound strip steak, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes1
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound rutabaga (about 1/2 medium), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat couscous

Preparation:

  1. Sprinkle steak with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the steak and cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink on the outside, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan over medium heat. Add rutabaga, onion, tomato paste, cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, cayenne (if using) and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Add broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rutabaga is tender and the stew is thickened, 10 to 14 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add couscous, cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  4. When the rutabaga is tender, return the steak to the stew, along with any accumulated juice from the plate. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the steak is cooked through, about 2 minutes more.

To serve, fluff the couscous with a fork and divide among 4 shallow bowls. Top with equal portions of the stew.


  1. Chicken, chickpeas, or another protein would work as well 
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