Lime Couscous with Veggies

Lime Couscous with Veggies from KatiesCucina.com #recipe #couscous

Woo–last week was quite the week. We got back from vacation and then I had major server issues for both my blogs on Friday. You might notice that I’m missing a few of my blog post from last week. I will slowly get them added back to the blog over the next week. Great lesson learned–pay the extra money for a backup system. You can only imagine what I’ll be doing this week (besides re-writing multiple blog post)!

Last Monday, (the day after being home from our 8-day cruise) I finally made dinner after 8 glorious days of being cooking free. Believe it or not–food bloggers like to take a break from cooking too! We get burnt out just like everyone else or at least I can speak for myself and say that I definitely get in ruts in the kitchen. It’s always nice to come back from vacation because I always feel ten-times more inspired to create delicious recipes. While lounging on the lido deck during one of our days at sea I flipped through my most recent issue of Better Homes and Garden. This recipe for Lime Couscous with Veggies jumped out at me. Not only do I love veggies–I adore couscous. My husband, though… not so much.
Lime Couscous with Veggies from KatiesCucina.com #recipe #couscous

This was the first meal I made, upon arriving home from the cruise. In my mind, it was the perfect meal and one that I was looking forward too after gorging my face eating my share of food around the cruise ship. Light and fluffy couscous with pine nuts and fresh vegetables. The lime vinaigrette dressing that goes on top is brilliant! This dish would be just as tasty both hot or cold! The side dish or even main dish screams summers. I served this with grilled boneless skinless chicken breast the night I made this.

Lime Couscous with Veggies from KatiesCucina.com #recipe #couscous

*If you are looking for a 100% vegetarian option make sure you check out the couscous you are using. Most pre-package couscous mixes use a chicken base for flavoring.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens July 2013

Blueberry-Almond Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

 Blueberry-Almond Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup dried blueberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil (about 45 seconds). Whisk in maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats and almonds. Drizzle coconut oil mixture over oats/almonds and stir until combined.
  4. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, until almonds are toasted.
  5. Sprinkle dried blueberries into cooked granola and let cool for an hour, stirring occasionally.
  6. Store in airtight jar for up to two-three weeks.

Notes

This recipe is easily doubled or quadrupled, as well as simple to adapt to whatever you have in your pantry. Have pecans instead of almonds? Use them. Dried apricots instead of blueberries? Go for it! Make this recipe your own.

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17 Comments

  1. This sounds right up my alley!!

  2. The lime kick sounds like the perfect touch!

  3. Katie this sounds delicious! Cous Cous is one of my absolute favorites and you paired it with the perfect summer veggies…great recipe!

  4. Lime sounds like it would be amazing in this dish!!

  5. Katie, are you grabbing the text from an RSS Reader? I don’t know if you literally mean “rewrite” or just recompose. I subscribe via RSS so I do have all the text. I’m sure you’ve got this all figured out tho. Just wanted to make sure you know your text still exists!!

    Great recipe too! I love meatless dishes with lots of flavor!

  6. I want a big ol’ bowl of this!! Love me some couscous!

  7. Vacation does that to me too, it makes me want to get back into the kitchen! I can’t wait to try that lime vinaigrette dressing!

  8. Hello fellow couscouser! Are we living the same lives? I go on a cruise this Saturday! Great looking recipe and I know it’s gonna taste awesome :)

    • Gerry that’s too ironic! We cruise ALL THE TIME! Already planning our next one for next month! eep! Have a blast on your cruise!

  9. I am looooving that vinaigrette! Oh my gosh, I think I spelled it right all by myself too! Haha, that never happens!

  10. So summery, light, and perfect for this freaking heat wave. Well done!

  11. I love couscous, but I don’t cook with it nearly enough. This needs to change! Love this. :)

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