Jul 9, 2009

Mediterranean Couscous

As promised recipe for the couscous that I made last night...

This is one of my favourite, quick and healthy evening meals. I chop all the vegetables up and bang them in the oven; the rest takes 5 minutes to pull together. I normally grill some lemony chicken to go with it, (last night we had salmon) but it’s delicious on its own.

Serves 4 people
Preparation Time 10 mins
Cooking Time 30 mins

1 large red onion – cut in eights
1 red pepper – cut in eights
1 yellow pepper – cut in eights
1 courgette cut in ¼ inch diagonal pieces
Handful chopped coriander
Handful chopped mint
1 ½ teaspoons Ground Cumin
1 ½ teaspoons Ground Coriander
1 ½ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
60 g dried apricots, chopped
1 full garlic bulb
Zest & Juice 1 lemon
Zest & Juice 1 Lime
Zest & Juice 1 Orange
50 g Pine nuts, roasted
250g Couscous
350ml Chicken stock
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Black Pepper

1. In a hot oven put the red onion, peppers, garlic and courgette in an ovenproof dish with a drizzle of olive oil. When roasted remove and place to one side until couscous ready.
2. In a heat proof bowl combine the couscous with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, juice and zests of lemon, lime and orange and hot chicken stock. Cover for 5 minsFluff the couscous with a fork and add the apricots, chopped mint and coriander, pine nuts, roasted vegetables and roasted garlic. Season with salt and pepper and serve


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