LighterLife low calorie recipe: lamb with apricot and couscous

July 17, 2014 - Recipes, Weight Management

Lamb with ApricotsThis delicious Moroccan inspired low calorie recipe is ideal for dinner parties, since it can be prepared in advance. Easy peasy!

Don’t be put off by the list of spices in this recipe – it tastes delicious and looks really beautiful, especially if you add the ruby-red pomegranate seeds. In North Africa and the Middle East, lamb is frequently cooked with dried fruit and spices for their distinctive flavours.



  1. Place a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and add the lamb. Cook for a few minutes, turning it until browned all over. Stir in the cinnamon, cumin, ginger and turmeric. Add the onion and garlic and 2 tablespoons of stock. Cook for 5 minutes, until the onion is softened.
  2. When the onion starts to soften, add the tomatoes, chickpeas and apricots and 200ml (7fl oz) of stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender, stirring occasionally. Add a little water if the sauce reduces too much.
  3. Meanwhile, bring the rest of the stock to the boil and pour over the couscous. Cover with cling film or a plate and leave for 10 minutes. Fluff it up with a fork and mix in the pomegranate seeds and coriander.
  4. Check the seasoning, adding black pepper if necessary. Divide the couscous between two plates and ladle the lamb mixture over the top.

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