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Thursday
Sep232010

Mediterranean Couscous

Couscous is a type of pasta that can be prepared in under 10 minutes. It's done as soon as the "grains" soak up the hot liquid. This version, with its traditional Mediterranean flavors, is a wonderful accompaniment to fish and a salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and feta cheese. Once you make this dish, you'll find yourself wanting to experiment with other flavorful additions to couscous.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups boiling water
2/3 cup whole-wheat couscous
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 fresh Italian tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon capers
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Pour the boiling water over the couscous in a mixing bowl. Stir, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes. 

2. Fluff the couscous with a fork, stir in the olive oil, then add the other ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

3. Serve at room temperature.

Food as Medicine: Tomatoes, which are featured in this recipe, provide lycopene, a carotenoid which has been shown to help protect against prostate, breast and pancreatic cancers.

Prefer finger food? Try my Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Couscous.

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