I am trying to find quick but healthy side dishes that I can whip up during a chaotic evening of homework and sports. I get mighty tired of noodles, no matter how much my daughter likes them. Couscous cooks up very quickly and requires almost no attention at all. If you make extras it will make a nice lunch the next day. The pine nuts add a bit of protein and the cranberries give it a sweet/tart flavor that I really like. This recipe comes from Fresh and Healthy DASH Diet Cooking: 101 Delicious Recipes for Lowering Blood Pressure, Losing Weight and Feeling Great This cookbook is full of great recipes to help you get healthy in the new year. Check out my review HERE. The recipes are very easy to incorporate into you normal routine. I buy couscous in a fairly large container to get a good price. It lasts a LONG time and is perfect for nights that you don’t have a lot of time to cook.
Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pine Nuts
- 2 tsp canola oil
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 cup couscous
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- 2 scallions, coarsely chopped
- Heat the canola oil in a medium pot over medium high heat.
- Add the pine nuts, cooking until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add the vegetable stock, salt, and pepper.
- Bring to a boil and add the couscous and cranberries.
- Remove from the heat, cover with a lid and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Fluff the couscous and stir in the scallions.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
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