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Healthy, easy, vege couscous

DEMELSA BURNAND
Last updated 05:00 11/01/2013

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Main ingredient Couscous
Type of dish Salad
Course Side dish
Cooking time <30 min
Serves/makes 2 - 4
Special options Vegan

This recipe for vegetable couscous feeds four people and is a healthy, easy side that can be served up with meatballs, chicken drumsticks or BBQ.

I bought one box of San Remo couscous three weeks ago and I still have enough for two more meals at least and we have had it at least twice a week since I brought it, it goes a long way.

1 cup couscous (cooked as per box directions)
2 lemons
1 capsicum (diced)
3 medium courgettes
1 onion (diced and cooked with the courgettes until both are soft and slightly browned)
2 cups finely chopped spinach
1 cup just cooked frozen peas and corn

 

1. Put cooked couscous into a large bowl and stir through the juice of one lemon.

2. Brown onion and courgettes.

3. Put diced capsicum, cooked onion, courgette and the spinach on top of the cooked couscous (don't mix yet).  Tip in the drained peas and corn and cover bowl lightly with a tea towel; the heat from the peas and corn will wilt the spinach.

4. After two minutes, mix carefully and then just before serving or packing for lunch add the juice of the second lemon and stir through.

This dish keeps well and doesn't go mushy in the fridge. I don't add any dressings to my version and it isn't dry or sticky the next day.

It doesn't look like a lot when you cook the couscous but once you start adding the rest of the ingredients it bulks up nicely, I am always surprised at home much it makes and how good it tastes the next day as a healthy alternative to rolls for lunch.

VARIATIONS

I have also made it with leftover roast veges without meat and still the carnivores loved it.

If you are wanting to use this as a lunch recipe you can add one cooked and diced chicken breast or three rashers of bacon after you have followed all the steps. Depending on appetites, this can make as much as lunch for two days plus a side for dinner with the family.

I also make it with chopped leftover home made meatballs from the night before, diced meatloaf or any leftover roast meat depending on the night before's dinner.


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