I need more sides in my life. Couscous is a great weekday choice because it’s so quick to make, maybe 20 minutes in total. This recipe is from the Fresh & Healthy DASH Diet Cooking Cookbook which I absolutely love. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute a encourages increasing whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean proteins and minimizing processed gains, high-fat meats and dairy, sugars and sodium… which is basically more just eating healthy versus a diet.
This couscous recipe is made with vegetable broth to give it some flavor with bites of pine nuts, dried cranberries, and scallions.
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable stock
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup couscous (whole wheat if you can find it)
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 2 scallions, coarsely chopped
Heat the canola oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the pine nuts to the oil and cook for 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.
It’s as pretty as it is delicious! The bites of cranberry add a nice pop of flavor to the couscous and I loved the crunch of the pine nuts.
You may notice that the couscous isn’t the only beautiful thing in these photos. Look at those stunning serving spoons!
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