When it comes to a quick, easy side dish, cous cous really can't be beat. It only takes about 5 minutes to cook, can be flavored a million ways, and doesn't leave you slaving over the stove!
You can purchase boxes of cous cous with little seasoning packets, but it's so much cheapier, healthier, and more versatile to buy a big container of plain cous cous. For dinner I had prepared baked falafel, so I took my cous cous in the Mediteranean direction. I simply sauteed some vegetables, added stock and cous cous, and then finished it with fresh herbs and feta cheese. It was so incredably flavorful, but quick and easy to make!
Mediterranean Cous Cous
1 tbsp EVOO
1/4 cup red onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
Salt and pepper
1 1/4 c. vegetable stock
3/4 c. cous cous
1 tsp. fresh oregano, minced
1 tsp. fresh mint, minced
1/4 c. feta cheese, crumbled
5 green olives, sliced
Heat EVOO in a small soup pot over medium heat.
Add onion, garlic and red bell pepper.
Season with salt and pepper.
Saute' for 5 minutes, until softened.
Add stock to vegetables, turn heat to high, bring to a boil.
Pour in cous cous, stir, cover and turn heat off.
Rest for 5 minutes.
Remove lid, fluff cous cous with a fork, toss in herbs, cheese and olives.