Couscous Veggie Surprise

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a nutritious, low(non?)-fat veggie main dish that I thought up on my way home from driving class today. So I came home and made this for lunch, and really surprised myself, since it tasted better than I had imagined! The secret ingredient here is cinnamon... don't be afraid to try it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine lentils and water in a medium sized pot and bring to a boil over a high flame.
  2. Reduce flame to low, cover, and simmer.
  3. After 10 minutes, uncover, add 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste), and the shredded carrots and cabbage.
  4. Replace cover, and simmer again.
  5. After 5 more minutes, uncover again, add the frozen peas, cover, and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Now remove from flame, drain, and reserve the lentil-veggie water.
  7. If necessary, add some additional water to bring the reserved water to 3/8 cup quantity.
  8. In a separate saucepan, bring this water to a boil, add the couscous, stir once, switch off burner, cover, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  9. After 5 minutes, uncover, and fluff up the couscous with a fork.
  10. Toss with 1/2 teaspoon butter, if desired.
  11. Meanwhile, spray a non-stick saucepan with cooking spray and saute the onions in it over a medium flame until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  12. Now add the drained lentil-veggie mixture, soy sauce, cinnamon, pepper, paprika and saute on a low flame until the mixture is fairly dry.
  13. Mix in with the cooked couscous, and eat immediately!


Most Helpful

My son likes soups or casserole dishes in his lunch. Didn't have either this morning (he'd finished off the casserole I made for dinner). Then I remembered your recipe, and I had all the ingredients. I added toasted walnuts to give it some texture. Glad I doubled the recipe, he came in and wanted a taste. Then proceeded to eat, eat......

L DJ May 28, 2002

I multiplied this up to 5 servings but did not multiply the water that much. I also omitted the butter. I used yellow lentils which sort of smushed into nothingness; next time I'd use a lentil that would not break down so much. I'd recommend using the higher end of the soy sauce range if you like strong flavors. My picky 7 year old only ate a few bites, but my 4 year old commented on how good this was!

ladypit September 11, 2006

maybe I'll try substituting couscous with quinoa

bbgrl79ca August 12, 2003

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