Moroccan Couscous- a quick and easy complete meal made all in one pot. Couscous (a really tiny form of semolina pasta) is flavored with typical Moroccan spices like cumin, coriander, ginger and cinnamon. The addition of chickpeas, red bell peppers and carrots help make this a hearty (and healthy ) meal option. Raisins and dried apricots add a bit of sweetness that pairs nicely with the spices of this dish. All you need is one pan and about 15 min. to get this meal on the table. Vegetarian and Vegan.
The last few weeks have been a fabulous food fest filled with LOTS of holiday classics like turkey and ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, stuffing, stuffing..and more stuffing . Who me? Have a little thing for stuffing? Can you see my “Cheshire cat “big grin…o.k stuffing and I are besties . It’s just such a treat!
Dare I say I’ve had enough for a while ?
When it’s turkey time…I’m all about all things turkey (and things that go with turkey …hello my love (stuffing!) . Supporting documentation of my obsession with turkey/stuffing I present to you exhibit a) Stuffing Biscuits exhibit b) Stuffing Biscuit Sandwiches with turkey and cranberry exhibit c) Turkey Chipotle Tostadas exhibit d) Two Cheese Scalloped Potato Stacks . When it’s ham time…I’m all about all things ham. Yes, I have some supporting documentation to this obsession as well exhibit a) One Pot Ham and Bean Soup. Oh and don’t forget the Pomegranate Martinis’ those were fun too!
But now I’m feeling the need to get back to more “normal” eating , some filling healthy vegetarian/vegan options. So for todays One Pot Wednesday meal I’m whipping up a quick and healthy Moroccan Couscous.
Spiced with the flavors of Morocco (cumin, coriander, ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of red pepper flakes) and loaded with goodies like chickpeas, raisins, dried apricots, spinach, red bell pepper and carrots, this couscous dish will fill you up and fuel you up.
Bonus, you can whip up this Moroccan Couscous in about 15 min. and will only need one pan! How easy is that! Literally you boil some water, add the couscous, raisins and apricots and bring to a boil. Take the pan off the heat and let the couscous do it’s thing for a few minutes. Fluff, add the remaining goodies…and boom! you’re done! A complete meal all in one pot. You’ve got protein (chickpeas), carbs (couscous) veggies (carrots, bell pepper, spinach) and even fruits (raisins and apricots). Moroccan Couscous deliciousness!
- 1½ cups water (or vegetable broth)
- ½ cup orange juice (juice of one orange)
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp ginger
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (or cayenne or splash of Sriracha) (optional - for some heat)
- 2 scallions, diced (reserve some of the green portion for garnish)
- 1 cup couscous (quinoa for gluten-free optionn)
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup dried apricots, sliced
- 1 can (15oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup diced red bell pepper (about ½ red pepper)
- ½ cup grated carrot (about 1 large carrot)
- large handful of fresh baby spinach
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- chopped cilantro and/or mint for garnish
- slivered almonds, for garnish
- Add water, orange juice, spices (cumin,coriander,ginger,cinnamon, crushed red pepper) and scallions to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Add couscous, raisins, apricots and chickpeas. Return to boil. Stir to mix thoroughly. Cover and turn off the heat. Let rest for about 5 min. until couscous has absorbed all the liquid.
- Fluff couscous with a fork and add bell pepper, carrots, and spinach and a squeeze of lemon. Salt and pepper to taste. Return to stove-top to heat for a few minutes until spinach begins to wilt (you may need to add a bit more water or oj)*
- Transfer to serving plates/bowls and top with reserved scallion greens, chopped cilantro/mint and slivered almonds
I sometimes like to add a drizzle of olive oil just before serving.