Friday, February 12, 2010

SIDES: Spicy Couscous

Servings: 3-4

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 green onions or 1 whole onion
  • 1 large red or green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped into fine pieces
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1 cup couscous (try the Trader Joe's whole wheat version)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Heat the oil in a medium sized skillet
  • Add in the onions, pepper, garlic, and tomatoes
  • Saute for approximately 5 minutes and then set aside 
  • In a medium sized saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients
  • Cover and let stand for five minutes until the couscous absorbs all of the liquid
  • Add in the first mixture and fluff with fork

1 comment:

  1. Feel free to substitute the couscous with quinoa - it's gluten-free, high in fiber, and high in protein. The only change you would make to the recipe is to double the water (2 cups water for every 1 cup of quinoa) Also, try adding beets to this recipe, it gives the couscous or quinoa a really nice color.