Back when I lived in Chicago and made very poor life choices I was given a gift certificate for a day of beauty at a spa. I got an herbal body wrap, a relaxation massage and a seriously kick ass recipe for Parmesan Couscous.
The only time I’ve ever ripped a recipe out of a magazine that did not belong to me was for this couscous. It was one of the better decisions of my time in Chicago - nay - my life! I have never looked back.
This couscous is a perfect side dish or lunch. I make it for EVERY SINGLE POT LUCK. And it is much loved by all. It can be eaten hot or cold. Leave out the cheese and it’s dairy free. I’ve never tried it with quinoa (which would mean it’s no longer couscous) but if you substituted it would work as gluten free and probably still be super kick ass.
AND OH MY GAWD ITS SO EASY! I swear it takes maybe 10 minutes to whip up a batch that can feed 6 adults.
- box of parmesan couscous - the one pictured is my favorite
- 1 cup of water
- 1 airtight container
- a can of chick peas aka garbanzo beans. I’ve also used black beans. I used about 12 ounces of the 15 ounce can shown.
- 2 plum tomatoes/one beefsteak tomato/10 cherry tomatoes - you choose your own adventure here, folks.
- a bunch of green onions
- ½ c of shredded or shaved parmesan cheese
- olive oil - about 3 tablespoons
- some garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
Boil one cup of water. It boils quick. While it’s heating up open the box of cous and the season packet and mix the contents in the airtight container. Add the boiling water and stir to mix. Cover (burp that lid!) and set aside for at least 10 mins.
While the couscous is cooking, open and rinse the can of beans, chop up the tomato and the green onions. Mix in a big bowl and season with the salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
The couscous should be cooked after 10 minutes. It will be polenta-like in consistency.
Gently fold it into the bowl of the bean mixture - adding the olive oil to help combine. Add the cheese. As much as you want. Go ahead, be greedy.Mix and you’re done!
This is my specialty. It’s great for the summer since it doesn’t involve the stove and it’s quick. We didn’t tell him what it was and Harry ate it (toddler approved!). Plus, it’s pretty.
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- Kellie (themamalogues)