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Old 03-15-2010, 05:37 AM   #1
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Fancy up my couscous

Hi, forum- New poster here!

I've been cooking couscous as a lunch staple. Its great because its cheap, easy to cook (ie- I haven't managed to set myself on fire with it. Yet.), vegetarian, and it keeps well when I take it outside/leave it in heat/etc.

I want to know of some good ideas for herbs to fancy up my average couscous meal.

I've tried (separately) crushed pecans, pines nuts, lemon juice, and feta cheese. They all worked to good effect, but I want some more interesting ideas.

Now the most important thing is that you have suggest something that keeps well in various conditions and temperatures. So, something like chopped tomato is a bad idea.

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Old 03-15-2010, 06:07 AM   #2
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How about adding some dried chopped apricots, and chopped almonds while its cooking, or you could add the almonds later as garnish. I saw this on food network. I think they added some fresh herbs too, not sure which, tho---
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:42 PM   #3
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How about some spicy Mexican style picked cabbage or maybe some 3 bean pickled salad added? Swap out the feta for cubed cheddar.

How long do you keep your couscous unrefrigerated?
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:52 PM   #4
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This is a fantastic salad - I usually chill it about 4-5 hours. I also strain out the crushed garlic before adding the dressing:
CURRIED COUSCOUS SALAD WITH DRIED CRANBERRIES
Curried Couscous Salad with Dried Cranberries Recipe - MyRecipes.com

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Old 03-15-2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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Cherry-Almond Couscous

4 White part of Scallions, Chopped
3 cups couscous
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
⅓ cup cherries, dried
⅓ cup almond slices or slivers, toasted
3 cups water, boiling
Salt and black pepper to taste
Mix scallion whites, couscous, olive oil and cherries. Boil water and add exactly 3 cups to bowl and quickly stir together. Immediately cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let stand 30 minutes. With a fork, fluff couscous, add almonds and check for seasoning.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:52 PM   #6
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I think it is great simply made with broth (choose your type) mint and peas. enjoy
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:03 PM   #7
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Sometimes ill make my cous cous like tabouli adding chopped mint, parsley, lemon juice, tomato, olive oil, salt, pepper and occasionally feta and cucumbers too.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:34 PM   #8
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Fresh Tyme, Sauteed onions and mushrooms, Roasted Garlic, Fresh Parsley, Craisins...
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:11 PM   #9
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Cherry-Almond Couscous

4 White part of Scallions, Chopped
3 cups couscous
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
⅓ cup cherries, dried
⅓ cup almond slices or slivers, toasted
3 cups water, boiling
Salt and black pepper to taste
Mix scallion whites, couscous, olive oil and cherries. Boil water and add exactly 3 cups to bowl and quickly stir together. Immediately cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let stand 30 minutes. With a fork, fluff couscous, add almonds and check for seasoning.
That sounds yummy, GB, so do all the rest of the suggestions but I was curious as to what you would serve this with? fish and most meats come to mind.....anything in particuar that you prefer?
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:21 PM   #10
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Lamb and couscous go exelent together.
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