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Moroccan Lamb Tagine

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  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 4 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • Water
  • 2 lb. lamb shoulder (can also use lamb shank or leg of lamb)
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. lamb spice mix (combo of rosemary, rose petals, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, mint) – you can also buy pre-mixed lamb or Moroccan seasoning if you don’t have all of these spices
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 8 matchstick slices ginger, 1-inch each
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 ½ cups prunes


  1. Lay onions and carrots at the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Cover with water (just enough to barely cover).
  3. Lightly season the lamb with sea salt and pepper.
  4. Spice both sides of the lamb with the spice mixture, and then lay it on top of the onions and carrots.
  5. Make a few slits in the lamb, and stuff with chopped garlic and rosemary.
  6. Add the ginger, apricots, and prunes to the crockpot.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  8. Remove the ginger, shred the lamb, and serve!

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HeadShot_SqAli Rakowski is a health coach and author based in Stamford, Connecticut.  She formed her company, Intersection Coaching (http://www.intersectioncoaching.com), in 2014, and provides health and life coaching, tutoring, and wellness consulting all with an incredibly strategic and structured approach. She uses non-traditional methods combining logic and analytical thinking when working with clients on creative and holistic solutions. Rakowski earned a degree in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2007 and worked in human capital consulting for over six years. After her years as an actuary and consultant in financial services, she received her certificate as a holistic health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013 and began her SoooPaleo blog to share her culinary adventures with friends and family. Along with her coaching and wellness business, Rakowski now works part-time building training and development programs for a global financial services consulting firm based in Stamford, CT.


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  1. Mark says:

    I am not a big lamb fan, but this looks so good I am going to give it a try.

  2. Ali says:

    Try it out and let us know what you think! I love making moroccan dishes with prunes and apricots. You can do baked chicken too! http://bit.ly/16j0sQW

  3. Victoria says:

    This recipe looks great; I love lamb tagine! I make a recipe very similar to this, with the addition of green and black olives and some preserved lemon. Nom nom nom.
    Your book looks beautiful by the way! 🙂

    1. Ali says:

      Thanks Victoria! Your variation sounds delicious – I will have to try it out. Thanks for the compliment on the book 🙂

  4. Shannon says:

    LOVE the sounds of this recipe! And the cookbook – definitely putting that on my “cookbooks to buy” list!

    1. Ali says:

      Thanks Shannon! Hope you love the recipe and the book!

  5. David says:

    For me, using that much dried fruit makes it waaaayy too sweet. But great recipe otherwise.

  6. Heather says:

    This recipe is truly amazing. It was so delicious. Made great left-overs for days. Every time I ate it, it made me just as happy as the first time. It’s a must try!.

  7. J says:

    Can you use beef instead of lamb?

    1. juli says: