Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Spicy Lamb & Couscous

Good morning my lovelies! Isn't it a lovely day? We've got some sunshine forecast for today and so far it's looking like the weatherman might be right. Yay! That will be the first sunshine around here for.... well, ages (it seems)! While the rest of the UK seems to be suffering from drought we, here in Scotland, have been facing endless days of grey skies and rain. Lots of rain. So today's forecast is definitely a good thing. This morning I'm rushing off to take Herself to school and Weeself to nursery. I then have errands to run before it's time to pick Weeself up again. Lunch and then swimming lessons for the Wee one before coming home in time to collect Herself from the bus stop.... and then tonight, well... I don't know exactly but I feel like I'm meant to be somewhere tonight. I think I'll check the calendar once I'm finished doing this! Just in case.

Anyway, I'm rambling now so lets get to the food!! With today being quite a busy day I need something really quick and easy to make for tea so I've pulled out some lovely Lamb steaks. I think I might make this recipe since it is so simple and quick and also, we love it! Ok, so it takes the kids a bit of convincing to eat the Couscous but they are starting to get used to it. I think if we put it in front of them often enough they'll eventually get used to the idea and start eating it!! So here's what I'm making tonight...

finely grated zest and juice of ½ a lemon
1 red chilli, de-seeded and diced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 x 150g lean lamb leg steaks
low fat cooking spray
100g dried couscous
½ a kettleful of boiling water
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. On a plate, mix together the lemon zest, half the chilli, cumin seeds and seasoning. Press the lamb steaks into the mixture to coat the meat.
  2. Lightly coat a non-stick frying pan with the cooking spray and fry the lam steaks for 3-4 minutes on each side, until done to your liking.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the lemon juice and remaining chilli into the couscous in a bowl. Season and add 175ml of boiling water. Stir the mixture then cover the bowl with cling film and leave the couscous to stand for 5 minutes to soften.
  4. Fluff up the couscous with a form and mix in the coriander. Serve the lamb steaks on a bed of couscous.
Serves: 2
Total ProPoints: 25
ProPoints/serving: 12

Note: I will admit that I cheat a bit with the ingredients.... I tend to use 'Lazy Chillies' (bottled, pre-chopped chillies) and dried Coriander leaf instead of fresh. However, I don't find it makes a huge difference to the flavour. I have also been known to add spring onions to the couscous for an extra veg portion. 


Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! Himself and I loved this recipe from the moment we first tasted it. It has become a regular on the menu now and each time the girls are more inclined to eat it. The Lamb gets eaten very quickly, but the couscous isn't very popular. However, the Weeself surprised me the other day by actually eating 2 or 3 spoonfuls before deciding she'd had enough. Slowly but surely I will win this battle! I just wish it wasn't such hard work!! Anyway, if you have more adventurous kids or no kids at all to worry about then I would definitely give it a go. 

If you're wanting some non-Weight Watcher recipes to try out then hop over to FTLOB to have a read. There are usually some really yummy recipes there to tempt you. 

Anyway, I have to dash now as a certain Wee one is wanting breakfast and Herself needs reminding that mornings are for getting dressed and ready.. NOT for playing! Thanks for dropping by and leaving me a comment! Oh, and please make sure you let me know if you try any of the Tasty Tuesday recipes. I'd love to hear what your verdict is!!

Speak soon!!


  1. hello, passing by from ftlob. i am a big lover of lamb + cous cous so when i saw your thumbnail i had to come by and see the recipe. looks absolutely delicious, especially with the lemon and coriander.

    can you have yogurt on WW? maybe a spicy yogurt dipping sauce?

  2. Yasmeen, you could definitely have yoghurt on WW. You would just have to work out the points and adjust the recipe accordingly. That sounds rather delish, actually so I might try it next time we have it. Unfortunately I don't have the ingredients for tonights meal.

  3. You want to know something? I've never had anything with Couscous...guess that means I have to try out your recipe ASAP and see how I like it! :D Looks delicious!

  4. The lamb looks mouthwatering!!!! As an American I am still struggling with ya'lls meals lol When ya'll say tea I think it's at 4ish and consists of tea and finger sandwiches.

  5. oooh with yog adds points but it would be plain with spices or veg so not many and makes it more of a meal too. Defo going to try this = shame lamb is so expensive these days


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