Ground Beef, Tomatoes, and Onions with Zucchini Noodles (Serves 1)
I ran out of paprika recently, so went to Whole Foods and went crazy buying paprika mixtures. The Tagine seasoning was inspired by the tastes of Morocco and includes paprika, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, crushed red chili pepper, black pepper, and cardamom. I decided to use the Tagine seasoning because I spent a few hours with a visitor from Morocco on Sunday and wanted to learn more about the country. I liked it and can imagine spending some time there. I used the seasoning to make a ground meat and zucchini noodle dish. The dish would work with conventional spices like salt, garlic powder, and black pepper, but the Tagine seasoning was added a nice exotic note.
Prep and Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
1 sweet yellow onion
1 large or 2 or 3 small tomatoes
Coconut oil or ghee
Tagine (from Frontier’s ethnic seasonings)
Ground black pepper
Directions: Melt one tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Peel and chop onion into bite-size pieces. Season with a dusting of salt, Tagine seasoning, and garlic powder. Add a palm-size serving of ground beef and season with a dusting of salt, Tagine seasoning, and garlic powder. Mix the beef and the onions with a fork and let cook stirring occasionally until most of the pink disappears from the meat. Wash zucchini, hold down on a cutting board, and use julienne peeler to create noodles by dragging the peeler along the body of the zucchini from top to bottom repeatedly. Cut the bottom layer into “noodles” with a knife if you hate to waste zucchini like me. (You can just discard the bottom layer if you are satisfied with the volume of julienne noodles). Add zucchini noodles on top of cooking beef and onions. Wash tomatoes and cut into bite-size pieces. Add tomatoes on top of zucchini noodles. Dust noodles and tomatoes with salt, garlic powder, Tagine seasoning, and black pepper. Mix everything together, cover, and let cook through for 5 minutes. After five minutes, taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Transfer everything to a plate and enjoy!
Notes: Another way to implement this recipe would be to add a cup or two of a bottled Marinara sauce instead of using fresh tomatoes or in addition to fresh tomatoes.
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