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Curried Couscous

April 23rd, 2010 · 15 Comments

Curried Couscous

Wednesday afternoon we were thinking of what to have for dinner, and My Dear Wife called me, having just left work, and she wanted something warm since it had been cooler temperatures in the past few days, so she suggested making some couscous. I said what a great idea, so I threw together this recipe with some of the ingredients we had on hand. Moreover, forty-five minutes later when she arrived home, dinner was already prepared and waiting, this dish took all of about 25 minutes to prepare from prep to finish.

I found some really good and fresh shitake mushrooms at the farmers market on Saturday, and they added great flavor to this dish.

1 Cup Onions, diced
1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
1 ½ Cups Shitake mushrooms, sliced
1 ½ Cups Fresh spinach leaves, packed tightly
½ Cups Raisins
2 Cups Vegetable stock
1 Tbsp Curry powder
1 Tsp Roasted Coriander powder
½ Tsp Smoky paprika
½ Tsp Turmeric
2 Cups Couscous, 5-minute style
Procedure Steps
1. Steam saute or sweat down the onion and garlic until translucent.
2. Add the mushrooms and stir well, continue to sweat down for about 3 minutes or so, and then add the spinach, raisins, vegetable stock, and remaining ingredients and stir well, and then bring to a boil.
3. Add the couscous and stir well, cover, and turn off the heat and allow to sit for at least 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.

We added some roasted garbanzo beans to the top of this for some added beans and it also adds some crunchiness too.

This recipe was prepared on Eat To Live, Week 4, and linked from Eat To Live, Week 4 Recap of our ETL diet and lifestyle, you can follow our complete progress at Eat To Live. The link to Week 4 Recap will be active soon.

Tags: Eat To Live · Entrees · Recipes · Vegetarian · Whole Foods Cuisine

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ElinNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Chef Ryan…this is so healthy and delicious too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. The spices used truly makes this dish great 🙂 flavorful !!!

  • 2 EmilyNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    THIS LOOKS SO GOOD. And yes, all caps are necessary, it is the only way to correctly portray how excited I am over this dish 🙂

  • 3 5 Star FoodieNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    This couscous sounds amazing – what an excellent combination of flavors! I love the shiitake mushrooms and smoky paprika additions!

  • 4 TrixNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Aren’t you the nicest husband ever! (Well, next to Poppa Trix.) A delicious and thoughtful dinner!

  • 5 RachelleNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I love couscous from breakfast to dinner. My French grandmother that grew up in Algeria often made her signature couscous dish with roast and cabbage and potatoes and carrots. I always love to find new uses for couscous.

  • 6 pegasuslegendNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I love the flavors here!~

  • 7 MariaNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Love this dish!

  • 8 kathy goriNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    what a great idea and a marvelous mix of tastes! I’m going to have to try this.

  • 9 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlogNo Gravatar // Apr 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Excellent flavors love couscous and shitake 🙂



  • 10 JessieNo Gravatar // Apr 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    ohhh I’m loving this delicious light dish so healthy and hearty!

  • 11 Emily MartinNo Gravatar // Apr 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    This screams “Eat me with some grilled fish!”
    Looks delicious Ryan. xoxo

  • 12 Chef AimeeNo Gravatar // Apr 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    What a great combination of flavors!

  • 13 Dawn@CocinaSavantNo Gravatar // Apr 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Ryan, this looks absolutely delicious! what a fantastic combination of textures and flavors. i love making curry recipes, but the time it takes to do it right sometimes is quite a deterrent. this looks amazing!

  • 14 SookNo Gravatar // Apr 24, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Oh I love curry flavored anything! I will definitely have to try this.

  • 15 penny aka jeroxieNo Gravatar // Apr 25, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I love this idea! I love curry so this will be on my list.