Saturday, August 23, 2014

Citrus Couscous


I've had a few boxes of plain couscous in the cabinet for a while now.   Previous attempts at using it wasn't greeted by much enthusiasm from anyone but myself.     In an effort to start clearing my pantry out, I searched through MasterCook to see how I could use some up.   

I settled on this recipe from Cooking Light, but played a little loosey-goosey with it.    First, I don't ever remember to buy green onions, and on the rare occasion I do, my menu plan gets moved around and they go bad before I can use them.    I substituted Penzey's dried chives, about a tablespoon.    I also used dried parsley, about 3/4 of it stirred into the mixture when it called for it, and the rest over the top when it hit the plates.    I used half the zest from the orange, next time I'd use it all.    I used 2T of lemon juice, because I didn't want the rest to go to waste.    Normally I'd pour any leftovers into an ice cube tray, freeze completely and then put it in a ziploc bag, but my freezer is packed right now.

I had put a little spoonful on my son's plate, expecting it to be pushed around and not eaten.   Not only was I wrong, he asked for more.     Victory!       He asked for a little butter to be added to his, and I added a teaspoon to my serving as well.  

Simple, and a nice change of pace from the rice we've eaten a lot of this summer!



                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                             Citrus Couscous

  1 1/4 cups  water
     3/4 cup uncooked couscous
     1T dried chives
1 tablespoon dried parsley (divided)
  2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
     1/4 teaspoon salt
     1/8 teaspoon black pepper

In a medium saucepan,  bring water to a boil.   Slowly stir in couscous.  Remove from heat.   Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.    Stir in the remaining ingredients, reserving a little parsley for sprinkling on top after it's plated. 

Source:
  "http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/lemon-couscous-10000000522853/"

Yield:
  "4 "
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