A perfect summer meal. What I love about this recipe is the practicality; it is both quick to make and can wait for you; there's no hurry to serve. It's also a satisfying vegetarian meal that even carnivores love, or if a member of your household prefers meat, a chicken breast poached in water, wine, and paprika and then sliced very thin can be added. I do highly recommend the garnish I devised; it can be made very quickly while the couscous is cooking. Or even if you just zest a navel orange over this dish, the aroma is heavenly and it brings the flavors together. Enjoy!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 zucchini, coarsely chopped
- 1 yellow squash, coarsely chopped
- 1 carrot, coarsely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup sliced baby portabella mushrooms
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1⁄2 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 (16 ounce) can chickpeas, drained
- 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
- 2 cups dry couscous
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped toasted almond (optional)
- Heat oil in large pot over medium-low heat. Place onion, zucchini, yellow squash, and carrot in pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to soften and turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the red and yellow peppers and mushrooms; cook another 3 minutes. Vegetables should still be firm.
- Pour in the vegetable stock and season with paprika, cardamom, salt, and cilantro. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low. Stir in chickpeas and tomatoes. Slowly pour in the couscous; stir. Cover pot immediately and remove from the heat. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork. The couscous should have absorbed about half the cooking liquid.
- Serve at slightly warmer than room temperature. Garnish with orange zest and the grated cheese, paprika and almonds.
This is great dish! I made it to bring to a birthday dinner and everyone loved it. I like that chickpeas add the extra protein so make this dish suitable as a meal by itself. Made for the Hot Pink Panthers, ZWT 9.
What a lovely and comforting dish! The fact that it's vegetarian and made all in one pot just adds to the appeal. I didn't have any smoked paprika so used sweet and added just a dash of cayenne; I used pine nuts in the garnish instead of almonds because I had some on hand. I didn't use much orange zest because I didn't want it to overpower and the subtle hint of it was just right. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Made for ZWT9, The Apron String Travelers