Hello all! I am actually remembering to post my recipe this week.
My husband and I are in love with couscous. It is such a versatile grain and can have just about anything added to it. We think it is more versatile than brown rice or even quinoa. At any rate, we found a new couscous – Israeli couscous, which is bigger than normal couscous and has a slightly different taste.
We found ours at Trader Joe’s in Maple Grove, but I am pretty sure you can find it in other stores as well. Although, it maybe harder to find in smaller towns. The first time we made it, we followed the recipe that was on the back of the box. The next time, we changed it up a bit and added our own twist on it. The recipe I am including is the one from the box with bell peppers added to it. I am including two pictures – one from the first time we made it and one from the second time.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Here’s the recipe:
3 tbs margarine
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup shallots, diced
1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 3/4 cup fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
Zest from half a lemon
1 bay leaf
1. Melt 1 tbs of margarine in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts and stir until golden brown. Transfer to small bowl.
2. Melt remaining 2 tbs of margarine in the same pan over medium heat. Add shallots and bell peppers and sauté until softened or shallots are golden in color. Add dry couscous, cinnamon stick and bay leaf; stirring often until couscous slightly browns.
3. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest and pine nuts. Remove bay leaf and cinnamon stick before serving.
PointsPlus value per serving: 6
Here are the pictures: