Apple Curry Couscous
Yikes! I haven't posted in almost a week. It's amazing how busy January has been. Usually I pace around the house complaining about having nothing to do this time of year. Since we got Archer every weekend is a blur of puppy kindergarten, vets appointments and constant trips to the pet store to buy more food and treats. I really think he is the world's most spoiled puppy!
Anyway, the theme of the week is quick and easy. Tasty dishes that take minutes to prepare. Since I love cooking, I don't mind spending a little extra time preparing dinner every night, but I also like to challenge myself to see how quickly I can throw some things together. So tonight we have Apple Curry Couscous, a simple 10 minute side dish that is spicy, flavorful and packed with filling fiber.
Whole wheat couscous is a quick and easy side dish that is packed with fiber and protein. While there are many ways to enjoy couscous, I wanted to combine it with tart, crunch apples for a tasty salad. I've seen many variations of this type of recipe, most recently at 101 Cookbooks, and I knew I had to create a version. I added dried apricots and was delighted with the result. The sweetness of the apricots is a perfect compliment to the heat of the curry. I think I will serve this over some field greens for lunch tomorrow and maybe throw in some chickpeas to make it a complete meal.
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1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup whole wheat couscous, dry
1 medium apple, washed, cored and diced
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped (approx 6-7)
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground corriander
Step by Step Instructions:
1. Saute apple and onion in olive oil on medium heat, 4-5 minutes
2. Remove apple and onion from pan
3. Add 1 1/4 cups water and curry powder to the pot, bring to a boil
4. Remove from heat, stir in couscous and cover
5. Allow couscous to sit for 5 minutes
6. Fluff couscous with a fork and stir in apples and onions
7. Add apricots, cayenne and corriander, toss thoroughly
And, because I can't resist posting photos of the cuteness! He does need a haircut though!