Delicious, quick weeknight meal. "Tiny balls of Israeli couscous are the culinary pearls of the pasta world". The combination of sweet, savory and piquant flavors in this dish make a nice match. Adapted from a recipe I saw in the Food Network Cooking Magazine. The original recipe called for chopped dates. I substitued dried cranberries instead, since that is what I had on hand. I also added some dried corriander along with the cinnamon, just to give a hint more flavor. I also like to soak the dried cranberries in a bit of hot water to plump them up before cooking. Splash of wine vinegar at the end gives a nice touch!
- Boil 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous according to the package directions, about 6 minutes.
- Drain, then rinse under cold water and toss with up to 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large bowl.
- Cook 3 cups cauliflower florets and 1 sliced shallot in remaining olive oil, about 10 minutes, or until tender.
- Season with cinnamon, corriander, salt and pepper.
- Add 1/3 cup dried cranberries or chopped dates; cook 2 more minutes.
- Add vegetables to the couscous, along with a splash of red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper, to taste.
- Garnish with chopped parsely (optional).