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March 31, 2008

Couscous for the win

Filed under: Healthy, Light lunch — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 1:30 am

I like couscous primarily because it’s cheap, easy to prepare and uses up the herbs I have stashed in my freezer from my last visit to Berwick Street Market. Couscous is also infinitely adaptable and I pretty much use whatever seems good.

To prepare couscous

1 cup of couscous
1 and a half cups of water, freshly boiled from kettle
A heatproof container with a tight-fitting lid

Combine couscous and freshly boiled water in your container of choice and stir with a fork (you could use a whisk, too, but why bother?). Place lid on container. In a couple of minutes, stir with fork again. Keep stirring with fork every couple of minutes, replacing the lid between gos. After about ten minutes, the couscous will have absorbed the water and will be ready to eat (albeit plain, at this point).

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Tomato couscous

Couscous, as prepared above
A few tablespoons of olive oil, preferably extra virgin, though virgin is fine too
Two tomatoes, chopped roughly
One clove of garlic, chopped finely (optional)
Handful chopped basil leaves
Handful chopped mint leaves
Tablespoon or so of pine nuts, toasted for a few minutes in an oil-free frying pan until golden brown
Pinch chilli flakes
Salt
Pepper

Mix together couscous, tomatoes, garlic (if using), herbs and chilli flakes. Add olive oil. You can add some vinegar at this point, too, if you like the idea of a vinaigrette – white wine vinegar or balsamic is good. Sprinkle over the toasted pine nuts.

And you’re done! Yes, it’s simple, but it’s wonderful, and it takes about ten minutes to make.

Eat well, because life’s too short not to!
Chloe

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