Couscous + Roasted Veggies + Pumpkin Seeds


I hereby proclaim it Veggie Week here on Siriously Delicious!!!  (And you will find me use that term loosely, ahem, more on that later...)  After eating every carb and protein in sight in New York City for 2 full weeks, I've been feeling the need to lighten things up.  A bit.  Last night, Carson and I ate like plant-eating dinosaurs and it was a nice change.  This couscous dish accompanied with a simple salad of tomato, avocado and feta was the perfect dinner.  I've always had trouble finding pearl couscous but finally discovered they keep it in the ethnic food aisle.  Go look!  It's so delicious, and kids love it because it more closely resembles pasta.  By "kids" I mean Carson and I, by the way.  You can also find balsamic glaze at most grocery stores, and it is delicious on roasted fall vegetables.  

Please enjoy, like fancy restaurant people say.

Pearl Couscous with Roasted Veggies and Pumpkin Seeds
(Serves 4)

2 1/4 cup chicken broth (or water)
2 cups dry pearl couscous
2 cups chopped butternut squash
2 cups chopped brussel sprouts
2 cups chopped mushrooms (I use portobello)
Olive oil
Balsamic glaze 
Salt and pepper
Pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 450.  In a large baking dish, toss chopped vegetables with a generous amount of olive oil and a few drizzles of balsamic glaze.  Season with salt and pepper.  Roast in oven for 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are caramelized.

While vegetables are roasting, bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium pot.  Add couscous, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until broth has absorbed.  Fluff couscous with a fork.

Add couscous to pan of roasted veggies and stir.  Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil, taste for seasoning and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.


Betsy Wilkerson said...

Looks good. I will give this a try. I recently made a dish with whole wheat pearl couscous with wilted spinach and roasted red peppers. Added some olive oil and parmesan at the end. It was great!

Paula - bellalimento said...

You had me at balsamic glaze! Can't wait to give this a try.

Linda Bick said...

Yummy.... Oven roasted pumpkin is delicious too!!!

Lauren Brewer said...

While I'm not a meatless meal fan (I'm making those short ribs as we speak), this looks yummy! I will have to give it a try. Thanks!

Mary B. said...

We made it last night and liked it a lot. Best kind of dinner, very filling and healthy. Keep 'em coming!

Mary B. said...

And it makes great leftovers - I had it for lunch today and tasted even better than last night.


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