This couscous with grilled vegetables features zucchini, squash, asparagus, red peppers and mushrooms and is tossed with lemon and goat cheese for delicious flavor.
When we get invited to dinner next door, it’s such a treat. My neighbor Julie has a treasure trove of Mediterranean and Greek recipes handed down through her husband’s side of the family.
She has shared many of her family dishes with me and we are thankful and grateful.
She uses lemon in many of her recipes as well as feta and goat cheese.
The first step to this recipe is chopping all the vegetables and grilling or roasting them!
First, toss them in a bit of olive oil and season them with salt and pepper and stick them in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Then, they soften and caramelize and lend their flavor to the couscous!
What is couscous?
Couscous (pronounced koose-koose) is a Mediterranean pasta that comes in a variety of styles, including large Israeli couscous also known as pearled couscous, and the smallest grained Moroccan couscous.
While it looks like rice, couscous is not a grain. In fact, it’s a pasta.
It’s made from a mix of wheat flour, semolina and water.
Is couscous with grilled vegetables healthy?
Yes, couscous is high in selenium, an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation.
In addition, it’s fiber-rich, supplying almost 10 percent of your daily recommended serving intake.
It has fewer calories per serving than brown rice. Did I mention it’s great in so many ways!
How to use couscous
- Use it in place of breadcrumbs.
- Add it to soups and salads.
- Do use it to crust chicken or fish.
- Use it as a filling in tomatoes or bell peppers.
- Substitute it for of grits, rice or polenta.
- Use it in place of oatmeal, as a delicious start to your day.
Its light and fluffy texture goes perfectly with roasted vegetables off the grill.
Pair it with the classic Mediterranean flavors of lemon and goat cheese and you have a delicious, healthy side dish that can serve a crowd.
I promise it will not disappoint.
Mix it up. Use any summer vegetables including zucchini, squash, asparagus, red peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Just look for what ever you have in the fridge!
Roast them or grill them, it does not matter. And use fresh lemon juice because it wakes up the flavor of the grilled vegetables.
How to make couscous with grilled vegetables
It’s really rather simple. Pick up a box of flavored couscous or follow these directions if buying couscous by the bag.
For each cup of dry couscous you’ll use 1 1/4 cups of water.
Add a half a teaspoon of kosher salt and a drizzle of olive oil or a pad of butter.
Bring the pot of water to a boil and add the couscous, giving it a quick stir with a spoon before setting covering it with a lid and setting it aside to steam for about five minutes.
Fluff the couscous with a fork since it tends to bind together during the steaming process.
Mix the couscous with the vegetables, add fresh lemon juice, parsley and goat cheese.
Can you eat leftover couscous?
Couscous can be left at room temperature for a few hours or in the fridge for up to three days.
Couscous can be reheated in the microwave or on the stove, although it is delicious cold.
Try these other delicious recipes using couscous
- Couscous Stuffed Peppers
- Pearl Couscous with Roasted Vegetables
- Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp and Couscous
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Couscous with Grilled Vegetables, Lemon & Goat Cheese
- 1 10-ounce box Near East couscous
- Lemon zest from 1 lemon
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- 1 squash, sliced
- 1 sweet bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small sweet onion, chopped
- 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
- 2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- Salt and pepper
- Heat the grill to medium heat or preheat your oven to 450°F. Toss the zucchini, squash, bell pepper, sweet onion, asparagus, and mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast or grill the vegetables until they are caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes. Once slightly charred and softened, set aside to cool.
- Prepare the couscous according to package directions. Add the lemon juice, zest, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the crumbled goat cheese to a large bowl and stir to mix. Add the grilled vegetables, tomatoes and couscous to the bowl and stir to incorporate.
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