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Israeli Couscous & Avocado Salad

Couscous Avocado Salad Recipe

With spring right around the corner, I’m so excited to share this yummy new salad recipe that’s full of bright, delicious flavors!

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base to the salad, while vitamin packed pomegranate seeds add a sweet and tart burst on top!

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Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms

Mediterranean Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

This weekend I had the serious craving for fresh crab, but instead of making crab cakes, I decided to combine the crab with couscous and some of my favorite Mediterranean flavors, then stuff it into these large portobello mushrooms.

Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms

I then grilled the mushrooms for a fresh, healthy take on stuffed mushrooms!

Crab Couscous Stuffed Mushroom Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked couscous
  • 1/2 cup fresh lump crab meat
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp green onions (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms

Begin by combining the couscous, crab, parmesan, feta and garlic.

Crab and Couscous Mushroom Stuffing

Next, add the red peppers, green onions and combine well.

Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffing

Clean out and de-stem the mushrooms, then brush each side with Enzo Garlic Olive Oil.

Garlic Olive Oil Brushed Portobellos

Stuff the mixture into the mushrooms.

Mediterranean Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, then serve.

Mediterranean Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These can be served as a light meal or as a deliciously filling appetizer!

Gluten Free Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute 1/2 cup shredded zucchini for the crab to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute brown rice couscous or quinoa to make this recipe gluten-free.

Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 Stuffed Mushrooms

Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked couscous
  • 1/2 cup fresh lump crab meat
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp green onions (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Enzo Garlic Olive Oil
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms

Instructions

  1. Begin by combining the couscous, crab, parmesan, feta and garlic.
  2. Next, add the red peppers, green onions and combine well.
  3. Clean out and de-stem the mushrooms, then brush each side with Enzo Garlic Olive Oil.
  4. Stuff the mixture into the mushrooms.
  5. Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, then serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/06/04/mediterranean-crab-and-couscous-stuffed-mushrooms/

Couscous Asparagus Tabouli

Couscous Tabouli with Roasted Vegetables

In an attempt to add more ethnic cuisines to my repertoire of recipes I made my own somewhat-authentic version of the Arab dish Tabouli.

Couscous Tabouli Recipe

The result was flavorful and delicious!  Next time I make it, I’m topping it with salmon! Yum!

Coucous Asparagus Tabouli Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1/2 lb asparagus
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 5 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 lemons (juiced)
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 2 green onions (chopped)

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Start by cutting off the hard ends of the asparagus.

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Chop into one inch pieces then arrange in an even layer on a baking sheet with the red pepper and onion.

Roasting Vegetables

Drizzle the vegetables with 2 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with the black pepper and kosher salt. Place in the oven for 12 minutes.

While the veggies are roasting, prepare the couscous.

Bring the chicken broth and water to a boil.  Add in the lemon juice and 3 tbsp olive oil, then add the couscous.

Couscous Tabouli Recipe

Look at that couscous fly!

Remove the couscous from the heat and cover. Let rest for 5 minutes then fluff with a fork.

Add the tomatoes and roasted vegetables to the couscous and toss.

Add to a bowl, top with green onions and dig in!

Asparagus Tabouli Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute vegetable stock for the chicken broth to make this dish vegetarian (and vegan!)

♦ Gluten Free Option: Use gluten-free couscous.

Couscous Asparagus Tabouli

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2 (as meal) - 4 (as side dish)

Couscous Asparagus Tabouli

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb asparagus
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 5 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 lemons (juiced)
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 2 green onions (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Start by cutting off the hard ends of the asparagus.
  3. Chop into one inch pieces then arrange in an even layer on a baking sheet with the red pepper and onion.
  4. Drizzle the vegetables with 2 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with the black pepper and kosher salt.
  5. Place in the oven for 12 minutes.
  6. While the veggies are roasting, prepare the couscous.
  7. Bring the chicken broth and water to a boil.
  8. Add in the lemon juice and 3 tbsp olive oil, then add the couscous.
  9. Remove the couscous from the heat and cover.
  10. Let rest for 5 minutes then fluff with a fork.
  11. Add the tomatoes and roasted vegetables to the couscous and toss.
  12. Add to a bowl and top with green onions.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/03/05/whats-for-lunch-couscous-asparagus-tabouli/

Mediterranean Couscous

A blend of couscous, sun dried tomatoes, garlic and feta are combined in this 10 minute Mediterranean couscous salad recipe!

Sun Dried Tomato Couscous

I realized 2 things after my first week back at school, I despise anything math related and I always lose weight while I’m in school because I never have time to eat!  With a back-to-back class schedule and boat loads of homework I will sometimes go all day only eating an energy bar and large cappuccino (not a great thing for someone who loves food as much as I do!)

Needless to say when I got home from school today I had consumed a Trader Joes fruit and nut trail mix bar and a 7-eleven french vanilla cappuccino… and it was now 5:00 pm… I was very hungry and I needed something QUICK!! So today’s recipe was inspired by both what was in my pantry that I could make fast, as well as a recipe from one of my Food Network favorite’s Guy Fieri.

Mediterranean Couscous Recipe

Couscous is a very quick cooking mediterranean grain and one of the healthiest grain-based products out there!  Low in fat, high in protein and lower on the glycemic index than pasta.

Mediterranean Couscous Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (crumbled)

Begin by heating the olive oil in a medium skillet, next add the garlic and red pepper flakes, sauté for 1 minute.

Sautéed Garlic and Red Pepper

Next, add the sun-dried tomatoes and sauté an additional minute.

Sautéed Garlic, Red Pepper and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.

Mediterranean Chicken Stock

Add the couscous then remove the skillet from the heat and cover.

After 5 minutes remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

Sun Dried Tomato Couscous

Now it’s time to add the cheese (my favorite part!) I used the mediterranean feta from Trader Joe’s which worked perfect for this recipe, but regular feta will work too!

Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Couscous

Now toss together with salt and pepper to taste and you have a healthy, simple, delicious meal in about 10 minutes!

Mediterranean Sun Dried Tomato Couscous

If you haven’t noticed yet most of my lunches do not involve meat, for 2 reasons, meat dishes usually take longer to cook and meat is expensive. My goal with lunch is creating something delicious, yet also quick and inexpensive!

Mediterranean Couscous

Lemon Rosemary Chicken would be a delicious addition to this Mediterranean Couscous for dinner!

Mediterranean Couscous with Feta Cheese

♣ Vegetarian Option: Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock to make this dish vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute quinoa for couscous to make this dish gluten-free.

Mediterranean Couscous

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Mediterranean Couscous

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (crumbled)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet.
  2. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and sauté an additional minute.
  4. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the couscous then remove the skillet from the heat and cover.
  6. After 5 minutes remove the lid and fluff with a fork.
  7. Add the feta cheese, toss and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2011/08/31/whats-for-lunch-mediterranean-couscous/