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Two people couldn’t be more different.  Grumpy and I are so different in many ways.  Sometimes I wonder if the reason we fell in love was for that very reason!  I’m natually happy go lucky, however I admit a worry wart.  Grumpy, I think he would like to be naturally happy go lucky, but it takes some work for him to be that way!  He is quick tempered while I am a whole lot more patient!  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I do lose my temper!  Not proud of it when I do either – but are any of us really?
We have really different tastes when it comes to food also.  I am a whole lot more adventuresome.  Grumpy, he’s a meat and potatoes man.  He really didn’t care for the couscous, while I loved it.  However, I have a harder time eating rice, it makes me not feel so well, so the fact I can eat couscous and not get sick makes me happy!  While he ate this tangine, it was too “exotic” for him.  So, if your not adventuresome with flavors, this tangine may not be for you. 

I however, would eat this again (and will when I take leftovers to lunch on Monday!).  I loved the spices and it just felt “warming” and “comforting” to me.  This dish is a recipe from the latest Cooking Light Magazine.  If you like the sound of the ingredients, then you will probably like the dish. 

Beef Tangine with Butternut Squash
slightly adapted from Cooking Light, Jan 2011

2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (1-pound) beef shoulder roast or petite tender roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 shallots, quartered
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add beef; toss well to coat.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and shallots; cook or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes. Add squash; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25-30 minutes or until squash is tender. Sprinkle with cilantro.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Pegasuslegend January 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    This looks fantabulous! I love it! Going to have to get out and get some of these ingredients, we will love this dish! thanks

  2. LaPhemmePhoodie January 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I love comfort food. I'm a fan of all of the ingredients in this dish. Will have to give it a try.

  3. tamilyn January 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Sounds like me and Dude in reverse-I'm not to adventerous…..

    But it looks delish-maybe my resolution should be to just try:)

  4. SMITH BITES January 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    i have never made tangine although i've been intrigued by the name for years and years; this looks fabulous!!

  5. bellini valli January 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Cooking Light strikes again with a winner. If you tweak the recipe O am sure you can find a compromise that Grumpy will ask for over and over again.

  6. teresa January 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    what a fun comforting dish, i'll have to give this one a try!

  7. Donna-FFW January 10, 2011 at 11:36 am - Reply

    So many great dinners you have posted in a row!! Cant decide whic is my fav! Wonderful issue of Cooking Light!

  8. Cajun Chef Ryan January 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Hey Shelby, this looks great, and I love the couscous served with the dish.

    Bon appetit!

  9. Cathy January 11, 2011 at 1:15 am - Reply

    I love all the flavors you've combined in this hearty dish and serving it with couscous is perfect.

  10. Lori January 15, 2011 at 2:17 am - Reply

    That looks so good. In the winter I can never have enough butternut squash.

  11. Irene January 18, 2011 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Wow. What a great combination of colors and flavors.This looks and sounds very tasty Shelby. Will definitely try it.Thanks!

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