Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tangy Mexican Couscous

I love it when an experiment goes well. I've had a ton of couscous (special ordered from my Weight Watchers days), so I am frequently looking for ways to use it. This is a simple, healthy, and tasty dish. Feel free to adjust spices as desired - I'm the kind who never measures spices. Add black beans for even more nutrients. You can use any veggies you like, and if you prefer a more muted lime flavor, reduce the lime juice to 1/4 c. and increase the water to 1 cup.

Tangy Mexican Couscous

1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 onion
1 zucchini
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cilantro
1/2 tsp. oregano
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp. olive oil
3/4 c. water
1/2 c. lime juice
1 c. couscous
1 carton cherry tomatoes, quartered

Dice vegetables into 1-inch pieces. In a bowl, toss with spices and olive oil. Spread on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

When vegetables are nearly done, bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. When boiling, add lime juice and couscous. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes to a large bowl and toss with cooked veggies. With a fork, fluff couscous and mix with vegetables. Serves 4.

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