Pearl Couscous for Dinner

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Couscous for dinner
Couscous for dinner

Couscous is an interesting form of fast food! Originating in the northern area of Africa, couscous is basically a pelleted form of pasta. It is really easy to prepare in its basic form: just add water! Water can be added to couscous by placing it into a steamer or, like I prefer to do, just by covering it with boiling water. Ten minutes later it is ready to fluff with a fork and serve.

Lots of things can be added to the basic recipe like vegetables, herbs, and even precooked meat. We like it as a side dish similar to a salad but served at room temperature or slightly warm. It is also wonderful chilled as a cold salad. Here is how I made it as pictured above.

First I prepared a variety of fresh vegetables and garden herbs:

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Fresh vegetables and herbs

The herbs I chose were mint, parsley and a type of chive that I grow. My intention was to make a sort of Greek style side dish similar to Tabbouleh. I chopped the vegetables and herbs into small pieces as needed and set them aside. I prepared a small amount of salt, pepper and granulated garlic to add when I mixed the vegetables into the couscous.

Set out some dried spices like salt and pepper
Set out some dried spices like salt and pepper

I added some frozen peas and carrots

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Frozen peas and carrots

To the dry couscous

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A closeup view of dry pearl couscous

And covered it with boiling water

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Soak the couscous in boiling water

The couscous does not have to be cooked, only soaked for about 10-12 minutes in boiling water. In this case the boiling water not only rehydrated the couscous but also defrosted the frozen peas and carrot cubes.

Then I added the prepared fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices, a little olive oil, and lemon juice, and, last but not least, some feta cheese. Done and done! Really easy and fast!

Fluff with a fork and serve
Mix all together and serve

Most of the time couscous is drier than as pictured above. Actually it can be quite fluffy. I added the cheese, lemon juice and olive oil while the couscous was still quite warm, so it kind of melted into a creamy dressing. It was fantastic! By the way this is pearl couscous, the larger form of couscous. It also comes in a much finer form which is quite fluffy when prepared.

By the way, I don’t have an actual recipe for this dish. I just start out with a cup of couscous and a cup of boiling water and add stuff that sounds good.

Couscous is not only fast it is delicious! Eat it!

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Pearl Couscous for Dinner

    The Breakfast Tea said:
    July 6, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    This looks delicious! I like that its mostly ingredients I typically have around the kitchen so I can make this on a whim. Thanks for the idea!

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      itsjusttoni responded:
      July 7, 2015 at 8:24 am

      It is a great starter recipe. You are right saying that it is mostly stuff that I keep on hand. It makes a great and fast lunch when I add leftovers.

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    Insanely Roy - Piece of Cerebrum said:
    July 14, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I have never cooked or had couscous. i am hearing a lot about this and quinoa gotta try those.
    and with dishes with rice and sandwiches, i do that – throw in ingredients at my own whim!
    🙂

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      itsjusttoni responded:
      July 14, 2015 at 4:32 am

      Both couscous and quinoa are great substitutes for rice. Just be sure that quinoa is rinsed before use because in its natural state it has a saponin cover that is really bitter. Like rice both are very versatile. Thanks for visiting!

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