good grains July 30, 2009

Couscous1 I've got to admit – I've lost a bit of my blog momentum. Work kicked my butt for a couple weeks + traveling = not so much Running With Tweezers. I also am having a heck of a time getting the hang of dealing with Typepad on the new Mac. A blog redesign and reformat is in the works…but in the meantime, getting a post together is so difficult, it makes me want to pull my hair out!

One thing that *isn't* difficult is this delicious couscous salad that my dear friends Martin & Susy brought over to dinner the other night. I was so surprised at how flavorful and complex this salad was with just a few easy steps and ingredients. It's a recipe from Cooking Light  that they doctored up with a few extra goodies:  red bell pepper, artichoke hearts (in water) and some shredded rotisserie chicken. It's easy as can be and makes a VAT large enough to feed 4 for a meal and have plenty of leftovers. It's equally delicious the next day, I can assure you.

Greek Couscous -  makes 4 servings (very generous servings!) – original recipe can be found here

    •    1 1/2  cups  water
    •    1  cup  uncooked couscous
    •    1/2  teaspoon  dried oregano
    •    1 1/2  cups  diced plum tomatoes
    •    1  cup  diced peeled cucumber
    •    1/3  cup  crumbled feta cheese
    •    1/4  cup  small ripe olives, halved
    •    3  tablespoons  diced red onion
    •    1  (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
    •    1/4  cup  water
    •    3  tablespoons  lemon juice
    •    1 1/2  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
    •    1/4  teaspoon  salt
    •    1/4  teaspoon  coarsely ground pepper

- Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; stir in couscous and oregano. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Combine couscous, tomatoes, and next 5 ingredients (tomatoes through chickpeas) in a bowl; set aside.
Combine 1/4 cup water and remaining ingredients; stir well with a whisk. Pour dressing over couscous mixture, tossing gently to coat.

Comments

Tartelette Jul 30, 2009 10:07 am

Looks terrific and exactly the kind of meal we enjoy with the heat!

Lynn Jul 30, 2009 01:07 pm

I make this all the time and have passed it on to so many people. I make the original recipe, but use Seasoned Rice Vinegar for a clean, fresh taste.
It’s good with a dollop of hummus on the side. Yum.

tami Jul 30, 2009 01:07 pm

Helen-
It’s seriously one of the best couscous dishes I’ve ever had!
Lynn-
We had some stuffed grape leaves on the side and it made the perfect meal!
- t*

joey Jul 30, 2009 06:07 pm

Couscous salads like this are definitely tastier than we think! :) I can imagine the addition of shredded rotisserie chicken being fantastic…mmm!

Nicole Aug 1, 2009 08:08 am

I love couscous salads! I’ve been using whole wheat couscous lately and it works great in dishes like this. Love the addition of artichokes and shredded chicken, I think this might be my dinner tonight :-)

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bibliochef Aug 8, 2009 06:08 pm

I use a mac and never find it hard to post. Hmmm. Maybe I am just not all that sophisticated? Anyway, I love couscous salad and wil try this one.

Bren Aug 9, 2009 06:08 am

i walk past couscous every single time in the grocery store, but loooove it! It’s so amazing, especially with some eggplant! hope you get ur momentum back!

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Judy Aug 17, 2009 09:08 pm

Great recipe – tried it last weekend and it was delicious (will post it on my site tomorrow) – thanks!

Alana Aug 21, 2009 05:08 pm

This seems like a wonderful recipe, and I’m always on the lookout for healthy meal ideas. Thanks so much for posting! I actually work with Chef’s Diet, and we focus on brining people healthy, well balanced meals made from low carb/high protein fruits, vegetables and meats. Our meals are prepared daily and delivered straight to your door! If you or anyone is interested, visit us at http://www.mychefsdiet.com for more info!

Amber Aug 27, 2009 06:08 am

Oh yum. Glad to see you are back!! Have you heard of Springpad? I am using it for all kinds of organizing and list tracking, but the weekly meal planner is my savior!!! Watch the video demo (link to the right, here)
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PS if you need someone to revamp your blog and get you converted to wordpress (I hate typepad!!!) hit me up. ;)