- Prep Time : 5 minutes
- Cook Time : 20 minutes
- Pearl Couscous (or gluten free brand) - 1 cup
- Olive Oil - 1 Tablespoon
- Chicken Broth - 1 1/4 cups
- Lemon Juice - 1 Tablespoon
- Dried or Fresh Thyme - 1/4 teaspoon dried or 1 teaspoon fresh
- Ground Onion - 1/4 teaspoon - or 1/2 cup fresh, diced
- Ground Coriander - 1/2 teaspoon
- Salt and Pepper - To taste
- Carrots - Sliced thinly, about 1 inch strips
- Oven Roasted Tomatoes - 1/2 cup thinly sliced
Begin by preparing your ingredients. Once you start cooking, this comes together fast.
In a frying pan heat olive oil on medium high until shimmering.
Slowly add the pearl couscous.
Using a wooden spoon, toss the couscous in the oil until golden brown in color. Approximately 5 minutes.
Slowly pour in the chicken broth (you can also substitute water). The pan will boil and sputter immediately so be careful. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Stir occassionally. Continue to simmer until all of the liquid is gone. This can take up to 10 minutes, but watch carefully so you don't burn the dish.
Once the liquid is gone, remove the lid. Add the lemon juice, spices, carrots and tomatoes (or your choice of veggies) and cook an additional 1-3 minutes until the vegetables are soft and the flavors have had a chance to set in.
Serve and eat immediately.
Pearl couscous is also known as Israeli couscous. It’s larger than regular couscous with more of a noodle texture. My family loves this dish. The best part about it is that you can use anything you have on hand to layer on the flavors. I happened to have some extra Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes that I baked last week and some carrots in my refrigerator, so we went with those. Can you tell that I need to do some grocery shopping?!
This dish is a very light dish with subtle flavor. Of course, you can enhance the flavor as much or as little as you’d like. I would suggest pairing this couscous with Zesty Hamburger Patties. You could even use this dish to top a bed of greens.
Something to consider when you’re trying to eat healthy: Pearl couscous is very high in calories. A whopping 210 calories for 1/3 cup! For you Weight Watchers fans out there, that’s PointsPlus 16 for 1 cup!
A friend of mine recommended this dish and because these little pearls of deliciousness are so small, I didn’t think anything of it. That is, until I ate a cup worth and then looked at the calories. So, learn from my mistake! Try it out, tweak it to your liking and then make it for your next special occassion. Just maybe not a weekly event (wink).