Saturday, October 11, 2008

Aromatic Couscous & Veggies

This is one of those rare recipes that I just keep coming back to. As much as I love to experiment, this one is a standby. Depending on the season, you can vary the vegetables used to make it more cost-effective. It's a vegetarian dish, but you don't miss the meat in the slightest. If you can find them, use fire-roasted diced tomatoes to really boost the flavor.

Aromatic Couscous & Veggies

3/4 c. orange juice
1/2 c. water
3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. whole-wheat couscous
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 med. zucchini, cut into 1/4-in pieces
1 med. yellow squash, cut into 1/4-in pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cayenne
1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes

Bring the orange juice, water, and salt to boil in a small saucepan. Add couscous, cover, and remove from heat.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini, squash, onion, pepper, garlic, curry powder, cinnamon, and cayenne. Cook, stirring frequently, until veggies begin to soften. Add chickpeas and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Fluff couscous and stir into veggie mixture.

Serves 4.
366 cal, 7g fat, 11g fiber

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