Showing posts with label couscous. Show all posts
Showing posts with label couscous. Show all posts

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Roast Pumpkin with Pearl Couscous

Shout out once again to the Woolworths "Fresh" magazine. Perhaps I could get a job as the local promoter! This recipe turned out way better than I expected and was absolutely delicious and once again simple to pull together. Truly a salad that will impress your guests.
The recipe below is ideal for two or three people.

*Bake a half a butter nut pumpkin that has been sliced in think slices, oiled and sprinkled with dukkah for about 15 minutes. Then drizzle with honey and bake for a further 10 minutes.
*Meanwhile heat a dash of olive oil in a small saucepan and gently fry off a crushed clove of garlic. Then add 125 grams of pearl couscous and 1/2 cup of sultanas stir to coat in oil and finally add 1 and 1/4 cups of hot water and simmer gently, stirring a couple of times to make sure it's not sticking until all the liquid has absorbed. When cooked transfer to a large bowl to cool.
*When cool stir through a handful of chopped coriander ... the same of sliced spring onions and finally some chopped pistachios and the chunky diced pumpkin.
*Finally finish off this salad with a dressing made from lemon zest a couple of tbs of olive oil, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar ... pomegranate arils for a burst of sweetness! (If you need to know how to seperate them out easily send me a message ) ☺

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

So so simple soup... Chicken, Couscous & Lentil

Chicken, Couscous & Lentil Soup


Low fat, healthy and so so simple to make ... 

  • Start by thinly slicing a leek, grating a large carrot and  a zucchini and thickly slice two sticks of celery. Soft fry all of these with a couple of cloves of crushed garlic for about 1 minute in a large saucepan.
  • Then add 1 tin of crushed tomatoes, 1 tin of Lentils (drained), 2 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce and then submerge a whole chicken under 2.5 litres of chicken stock... bring this to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the chicken... skin and bone it and return the best shredded bits back to the pot along with 1/2 cup of couscous and a large handful of fresh chopped parsley... simmer this gently for a few minutes until the couscous is tender and serve.
You can't have too much crusty bread with this hearty soup although it may loose some of the healthiness factor...flavours improve the next day if you have any leftovers ...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Stuffed Peppers (Filled Capsicum)

Stuffed Peppers

Baked Stuffed Peppers
I have done a little cheating with this recipe so that it is guaranteed  not to fail. I have used cooked rice and I have grated the veggies rather than diced them and I have also very quickly blanched the peppers whole to ensure everything is evenly cooked when serving. Quick and simple with a little prep.

  • For about 6 large peppers you will want about  a cup of cooked cooled rice or couscous.
  • Fry off half an onion in a couple of tablespoons of oil and add to this a grated zucchini and the equivalent of either carrot or pumpkin or a bit of both. 
  • Then add a tin of drained crushed tomatoes reserving the juice for the baking dish.
  • Add fresh herbs of your choice I have used parsley and dill and season with salt & pepper.
  • A dash of water added if needed to make a moist but not wet mixture will also capture all the flavourings from the bottom of the pan. 
  • Blanch your whole peppers in boiling salted water for about a minute. You can leave this step out if you like a crunchier finished product.
  • Cut off the tops scrape out the seeds and fill with the mix and place them in a baking tray with the reserved tomato juice and about half cup of water.
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pumpkin Couscous with Coriander Mayonnaise

Pumpkin Couscous with Coriander Mayonnaise
This salad is one of my favourites and has on occasion been requested by family members when we get together... for tea tonight I am serving this with a pan fried fillet of salmon however you could choose a steak or a cold shredded chicken could be added... remember you are only limited by your imagination, adaptation is creation.  
  • Combine in a small bowl a couple of tablespoons each of olive oil and honey, 1 tablespoon each of ground cumin, cinnamon and cardamom. Toss through approx 1kg of 3cm diced pumpkin and bake on a flat baking paper lined tray, in a 180 oven, turning once for about 30mins.
  • While the pumpkin is baking... bring to the boil 1 cup of vegetable stock. Add 1 cup of couscous. Stir well. Remove from the heat and let it stand with the lid on for a couple of minutes then fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  • Stir in the cooled pumpkin, 4 thinly sliced spring onions, about 1/2 cup of pistachio nuts, a couple of large handfuls of rocket leaves or greenery of your choice and lots of coriander leaves picked off the stems.
  • Finally drizzle over the mayonnaise which is made up of 1/2 cup of your favourite mayo, (mine is Praise Whole Egg) 1 tablespoon of finely grated orange rind, 2 tablespoons orange juice, about 1/2 cup of finely chopped coriander including the crunchy stems and salt & pepper to taste.