Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Curried Couscous with Pine Nuts and Currants

The last time I made a curried couscous was back in February of this year; this one features quite different flavors and ingredients, however, even though they are similar at the base.

In a bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup vegetable broth, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. grated and peeled fresh ginger and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Set aside.

Bring 1 and 1/2 cups water to a boil, then gradually stir in 1 cup uncooked couscous, 1/4 cup dried currants and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons curry powder. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Combine the couscous mixture in a large bowl with 1 cup thawed frozen green peas (wow, that sounds like an oxymoron, but you know what I mean...), 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper, 1/4 cup pine nuts (toast them first in a skillet for about one minute over medium heat), and 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions. Pour the broth mixture over the couscous mixture.

1 and 1/4 cups is 320 calories - this makes enough to serve 4.

ginger $0.92
frozen green peas $2.99
red bell pepper $1.02
pine nuts $7.99
green onions $0.99

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  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance