Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Black bean, tomato, cilantro, and olive Couscous


We love Couscous around here! It is made from a healthy grain (wheat), is really quick to cook (5 minutes), and is affordable! The boys usually like it served plain, with just the flavors of boullion and butter. I like to spice mine up with whatever I find in my cupboards!

I came up with this recipe a few months ago, and it has been a hit at several potlucks we've attended since. (On St. Paddy's day I dyed it green!)

Couscous:

2 cups dry Couscous
3 cups water
2 tbs butter
2 teaspoons flavored bullion (chicken or veggie) or 2 cups stock

Boil water with butter, and boullion. Once water is bubbling, add Couscous. Stir until combined, turn off stove and let sit until fluffy (about 2 mins)
Pour warm Couscous into large bowl, let cool, then refrigerate until chilled.

Couscous salad:

1 can Black beans
2 tomatoes
1 bunch cilantro
1 can black olives
Dressing of choice

Combine everything together with a large spoon, then add about 1/2 cup of dressing.
Enough Couscous to feed a large family, or friends at a potluck, or Couscous salad just for for ME, for days!