What could be easier and tastier on a hot summer's day than couscous. Buy the grain at your local health food store. Add hot water and veggies and wallah.
1 1/2 cups couscous
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp turmeric (I skipped this)
2 cups boiling water
2/3 cups sliced almonds
2 cups chick-peas or 1 15 oz can, rinsed and drained
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 medium tomatoes, halved, seeded and diced
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
Grated rind of 1 orange
2 TBS minced fresh basil or 2 tsp dried
1/2 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
serves 4 as a main course. For one person I cut the recipe in half and still had tons.
1)Place couscous, raisins and turmeric in large bowl and cover with boiling water. Stir well. Cover bowl with foil or large plate and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with fork, cover again for 10 minutes.
2) stir in almonds, chick-peas, scallions and tomatoes
3) combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic orange rind, basil, salt and pepper and beat to blend. Pour over couscous. Toss. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Serve on lettuce leaves. (recipe courtesy of Quick Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin.)
Note: couscous (koos-koos) is a grain product made by mixing semolina and water to form tiny granules. Popular in North African cooking, it has a light delicate flavor. Can be made into a salad, pilaf or main course with vegetables and meat.