Recipe by girlandagun
"A perfect summer meal. What I love about this recipe is the practicality: it is both quick to make and can wait for you; there's no hurry to serve. It's also a satisfying vegetarian meal that even carnivores love, or if a member of your household prefers meat, a chicken breast poached in water, wine, and paprika and then sliced very thin can be added. I do highly recommend the garnish I devised; it can be made very quickly while the couscous is cooking. Or even if you just zest a navel orange over this dish, the aroma is heavenly and it brings the flavors together. Enjoy!"
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red onion, chopped
zucchini, coarsely chopped
yellow squash, coarsely chopped
carrot, coarsely chopped
red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
sliced baby portabella mushrooms
smoked sweet paprika
chopped fresh cilantro
1 (16 ounce) can
Roma tomatoes, sliced
grated orange zest
grated Parmesan cheese
finely chopped toasted almonds
Tons of veggies. NOT enough spice. Double everything, add garlic.
I wish I'd listened to the review that said to double the spices. I was disappointed in this dish, it's wonderfully healthy and easy, even with all the chopping, but it has very little flavor. It makes a LOT so I have some leftovers to tinker with; I'd like to make this work because it's so healthy!
I am rating this recipe graciously because to make it to my liking would be easy. However, this took me TWO HOURS to make, start to finish. All the veggie prep work was very time consuming. I didn't like the tomatoes, so I'll leave em out next time, and I'll have to agree with a previous reviewer and say that the spices should be doubled. This is a bit on the bland side (to me anyway).
I thought this was excellent. Lots of veggies. Loved the spices. I didn't top it with the almonds or orange zest because I didn't have them. I added an extra can of beans. If you use large veggies you won't have much if any liquid, but that's how I like it..
I didn't have the cardamom but I substituted cinnamon and it turned out really great. Made a ton for just me though. Guess I'll be eating it all week :)
We loved it! Since the man in my house can't eat a meal without meat, we did start the pot with 1lb of chicken tenderloins in some broth and white wine. It turned out great. Beautiful, healthy and tasty!
Start with a big soup pot (I started with a large frying pan, but it was soon overwhelmed). Added 2-3 cloves garlic to the onion stage, couple stalks of chopped celery along with the carrot, added Garam Marsala instead of Cardamom & tripled all of the spices, used diced canned tomatoes & tri-colored couscous, stirred in 1 cup raisins (chopped dates would also be good) at the end. Would have taken 25 minutes if I did not have to chop anything; probably closer to 2 hours with the chopping. Makes a lot, so it was perfect for the neighborhood party.
I loved all the vegetables in this dish. My biggest complaints are that there is a lot of chopping and I halved this recipe and it still made WAY too much food.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
25-Minute Tunisian Vegetable Couscous
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 44
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