Friday Feasts: Couscous


Tired of serving rice and potatoes again and again? Quick Couscous is a quick as a flash side dish perfect for summer meals. It pairs well with pork, fish, shrimp and chicken.

Couscous is popular in Middle Eastern cooking. They are tiny round balls of semolina wheat coated with wheat flour. Here’s a picture of last night’s dinner. We paired a pork chop with sauteed spinach and couscous. I change up my couscous recipe depending on what vegetables I have in the house. A favorite is celery, carrot and onion, but we were out of those, so this week I tried scallions, red peppers and tomato–yum!

1/2 cup whole wheat couscous
1 cup hot water
1 tbs. canola oil
1 scallion
1/2 red pepper
10 grape tomatoes cut in half

Combine couscous and hot water in a large bowl and set aside. It will take about 10 minutes for the water to absorb into couscous. You’ll want to mix it a few times.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat oil to medium high. Toss in scallions and saute. Add peppers and tomatoes. Cook in skillet until the tomatoes soften.

Add the vegetable mix to the couscous (after the water had been absorbed!). Serve room temp, or cold if you want to make this the night before to take on a picnic.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12939257456903076156 SnoWhite

    looks great!

    this week, I have cheesy biscuits!

    http://joyinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2009/07/cheesy-biscuits.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16325407499889277455 Hoosier Homemade

    Mr. Linky has seemed to disappear. Here is my Candy Land Cake
    http://hoosierhomemade.com/?p=2427

    The Couscous looks yummy!
    ~Liz

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11686020375507154564 Sara

    Here's my recipe for today, summer cucumber salad.

    http://cookwithsara.blogspot.com/2009/07/summer-cucumber-salad.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12901812636193091749 Megan

    My recipe today is Cool and Easy Strawberry pie!

    http://dailyessentialsanddeals.blogspot.com/2009/07/cool-easy-pie-share-your-recipes.html

    Also a place to link your oven free recipes!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16028205120104082393 heartnsoulcooking

    Where's Mister Linky? Here's my Friday Feast recipe. http://heartnsoulcooking.blogspot.com
    Hope you have the time to look at my recipe. Geri

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08542506477555605365 The Desperate Cook

    My daughter loves couscous so she is going to be really happy when I make this for her. Thanks

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09234678984137982414 Mary

    I love your couscous recipe. It's fast easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • http://www.annkroeker.wordpress.com Ann Kroeker

    I often forget about couscous, but my kids liked it when I made it. I even found some whole wheat couscous that tasted great. Thanks for the reminder–I'll need to swing by Whole Foods and see if I can buy some in bulk!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14611971718269332366 Bethany

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me to join in! We love couscous at our house- so yummy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11802418508966206933 Scrappy Girl

    Looks good!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12672427115663599254 Leah S.

    I love couscous! I cheat sometimes and buy it pre-seasoned. Good stuff! Thanks for visiting my blog! I have a wedding to attend in an hour…but will be checking out the rest of your blog when I get home!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17071661413559588422 Lisa@BlessedwithGrace

    Sorry I am just getting around to linking up. I keep meaning to, each week. Thanks for the reminders. Keep reminding me. :-)
    I am really glad to have your couscous recipe. I recently bought couscous knowing it can be a new alternative. However, I have never cooked it and really didn't know what to do.Thanks!!

  • http://www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com Amy Green (Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free)

    Hi Nicole – Thanks for stopping by, saying hello, and letting me know that I could still link. Mr. Linky was missing when I stopped by several times on Friday…I most certainly didn't forget. :)

    Thanks so much for hosting!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11853272864310545942 Kathleen

    Yummy! I love couscous because it's so versatile and only takes 5 minutes to cook. I'm going to make some for dinner this week.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14977857862182188636 Debbie

    We love couscous at my house. I especially like it with dried apricot and toasted almonds. Come check out the Mister Linky I have posted with Elvis and tell us your favorite Elvis story. diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com Hope you will join me for Crock Pot Wednesday next week.