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Moroccan Lamb Stew – Easy Family Dinner Idea

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It’s really important to me that my kids eat balanced meals. Growing kids need a whole variety of nutrients to keep them healthy and filled with energy.

When cooking family dinners I want to be sure I’m giving them the fuel they need to promote a healthy nervous and immune system and them getting enough B12 is always a consideration for me – especially with teenagers. 

Vitamin B12 not only helps the nervous and immune system to work normally but it’s also an important factor in helping normal energy production, psychological function and red blood cell formation all of which help reduce fatigue and tiredness and when kids have a lot to pack into their day – I want them to be ready for the challenges.

B12 is only found naturally in meat fish, eggs and dairy products so I’m keen to ensure my family include these in their diets. Lamb contains vitamin B12, B6 and zinc which can help the immune system work properly.

It’s super easy to use lean red meat in simple, tasty family recipes, dinners that the whole family will enjoy.

At our house we do cook with lamb a lot – it’s a meat the kids really enjoy and I love to cook with it because it’s so versatile and easy to use in a whole variety of dishes, like our easy Moroccan Lamb Stew.

Our Moroccan Lamb Stew is a really simple delicious, balanced family meal, we use lean cuts of lamb and add lots of naturally sweet tasty vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes all cooked in a rich flavourful tomato based sauce so it all counts towards your five a day. You can swap out ingredients like carrots and sweet potato with other root vegetables, you can create your own Moroccan spice blend and most of the other ingredients are store cupboard staples. I also make suggestions after the recipe about other ways to adapt the recipe further.

moroccan lamb stew in a skillet pan scattered with fresh herbs, bowl of couscous in a bowl and bowl of yogurt waiting to be served

This Moroccan Lamb Stew uses cheat ingredients and takes very little time to prepare and if you want you can cook it in the slow cooker, just do what suits you.

moroccan lamb stew served with couscous and yogurt

Including lean lamb in our diets is a great way to ensure the family are easily getting a whole host of key nutrients, so it’s one less thing for me to worry about!

Nutritional Benefits of Lamb

  • Lean lamb is a naturally rich source of vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B12 helps energy production in the body
  • Vitamin B12 helps the nervous system work normally
  • Vitamin B12 helps red blood cell formation
  • Vitamin B12 helps the immune system work normally
  • Vitamin B12 helps reduce tiredness and fatigue
  • Lamb is naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides seven vitamins and meals that contribute towards good health and wellbeing. These are niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and pantothenic acid.

Moroccan Lamb Stew Ingredients

To make our deliciously easy Moroccan Lamb Stew you’ll just need a few simple ingredients – we’ve picked naturally sweet ingredients to include in our stew like sweet potatoes and carrots, these flavours really appeal to my kids and definitely result in empty plates!

ingredients for moroccan lamb stew -lamb, red onion, carrots, tinned tomatoes, moroccan seasoning, flour, salt and pepper and garlic on a wooden chopping board
  • 4 lean lamb leg steaks (approx 500-600g meat in total)
  • 1 tbs flour
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 tbs oil – you can use olive oil, rapeseed oil or sunflower oil – whichever you prefer.
  • 1 red onion – diced
  • 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
  • 3 tsp Moroccan spice seasoning
  • 2 large carrots – peeled and sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato – peeled and diced
  • 2 tins tomatoes
small blue plates with chopped carrots, chopped sweet potatoes, garlic and red onion

How To Make Moroccan Lamb Stew

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Dice the lamb leg steaks and trim off any fat.
diced lamb steaks on a plate by a bowl of flour and small saucer with salt and pepper on it
  • Toss the flour, salt and pepper onto the diced lamb and stir to coat the lamb evenly.
  • Add the olive oil to a large pan (one you can use in the oven as well as hob)
  • Add the lamb and stir fry for 2-3 minutes until it is just colouring.
  • Add the onions and garlic and continue to fry for a couple of minutes.
lamb and red onions being fried in a skillet pan
  • Tip in the Moroccan spice mix and stir to coat the meat. You can pick up Moroccan spice mix at all supermarkets – it’s a really quick way of packing a whole lot of flavour into a dish without spending a lot of money on different herbs and spices, well worth having in the cupboard.
lamb and onions being fried with Moroccan spices
  • Add in the sweet potatoes
sweet potatoes being tipped into a pan with browned lamb and onions
  • Add in the carrots
carrots and sweet potatoes tipped into a pan with browed lamb
  • Stir everything together.
carrots, sweet potatoes, lamb and onions in a skillet pan
  • Tip in the tinned tomatoes and 1/2 tomato can of cold water.
tinned tomatoes being tipped into a pan with browned lamb, onions, carrots and sweet potatoes
  • Stir everything together.
moroccan lamb stew in a skillet pa
  • Put into the oven and cook for around 90 minutes or until the lamb is tender.
moroccan lamb stew cooked in a skillet pan
  • Once cooked remove from the oven and scatter with chopped herbs if you’ve any to hand.
moroccan lamb stew in a skillet pan scattered with fresh herbs, bowl of couscous in a bowl and bowl of yogurt waiting to be served

What To Serve With Moroccan Lamb Stew

moroccan lamb stew served with couscous and yogurt

Our Moroccan lamb stew is delicious served with couscous – cheat with the couscous though – buy the flavoured packets from the supermarket, these are brilliant for midweek dinner as you just soak in boiling water for a few minutes and they’re ready to eat.

When serving with couscous, I do add a little spoonful of Greek yogurt on the side, my kids just like that.

If couscous isn’t your thing, then you could try serving Moroccan Lamb Stew with creamy mashed potatoes, pasta or rice. It’s a really versatile dinner recipe so it works well with any.

Can I Make Moroccan Lamb Stew In The Slow Cooker?

You totally can! If you want dinner to be ready when you get home, then take our Moroccan Lamb Stew recipe and throw it in the slow cooker. For the slow cooker method you don’t need to add the extra water.

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When doing this in the slow cooker, I don’t tend to brown the meat – I just add everything to the pan, bring the stew to the boil on the hob then transfer to the slow cooker and cook on low for around 8 hours.

moroccan lamb stew served with couscous and yogurt

If you need to thicken the stew, which with slow cooker recipes you often do – just add a couple of tsp of cornflour to a drop of cold water and stir through the stew, simmer until thickened.

What Else Can I Put In Moroccan Lamb Stew?

moroccan lamb stew served with couscous and yogurt

I get it, sometimes you need a meal to last for two dinners or stretch to feed more people, there’s some simple ingredients you can add to the recipe that will help you do that. Try…

  • Adding in a tin of chickpeas
  • Adding in another sweet potato or two.
  • Adding in some diced butternut squash.

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Moroccan Lamb Stew Recipe

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Yield: Serves 4

Moroccan Lamb Stew

moroccan lamb stew in a skillet pan scattered with fresh herbs, bowl of couscous in a bowl and bowl of yogurt waiting to be served

Easy simple balanced family dinner recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 lean lamb leg steaks (approx 500 - 600g meat total) 
  • 1 tbs flour
  • pinch salt 
  • pinch black pepper 
  • 1 tbs oil (olive oil, rapeseed oil or sunflower oil) 
  • 1 red onion - diced 
  • 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped 
  • 3 tsp Moroccan spice seasoning 
  • 2 large carrots - peeled and sliced 
  • 1 large sweet potato - peeled and diced
  • 2 tins tomatoes 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Dice the lamb leg steaks and trim off any fat
  3. Toss the flour, salt and pepper onto the lamb and mix together to coat everything
  4. Add the olive oil to a large pan (one you can use in the oven as well as hob)
  5. Add the lamb and stir fry for 2-3 minutes
  6. Add the onions and garlic and fry for a few minutes
  7. Tip in the Moroccan spice and mix well
  8. Add the sweet potatoes
  9. Add the carrots
  10. Stir everything together
  11. Tip in the tinned tomatoes and 1/2 tomato can full of water
  12. Stir everything together
  13. Put in the oven and cook for around 90 minutes or until lamb is tender

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 1287mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 43g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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