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.
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.
*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.
Lime Couscous with Veggies
- 1 10 oz. package of couscous
- 4 carrots sliced into 1-inch peices
- 1 zucchini quareterd lentgwise and sliced into half-inch peices
- 1 summer squash quareterd lentgwise and sliced into half-inch peices
- ½ lb asparagus cut into 2-inch peices
- 5 green onions diced
- ½ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup olive oil + 1 tbsp
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- parmesean cheese for topping
- Prepare couscous according to package directions (I like to use my rice cooker, but that's up to you).
- While couscous is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Cook and stir carrots in hot oil for 2 minutes. Add zucchini, yellow summer squash, asparagus, and green onion. Cook and stir 6 minutes or until vegetables are just tender.
- Once couscous is done, transfer couscous to large bowl and fluff with a fork. Top with cooked vegetables.
- Using a screw-top jar, combine lime juice, oil, honey, salt, and black pepper. Cover and shake well. Pour over couscous mixture; toss to combine. Top with grated parmesean cheese.
I can’t view the actual recipe for the couscous 🙁 there is a recipe for blueberry granola there instead, which still looks delicious, but I am really craving couscous, and want to give your recipe a try.
Thanks for finding that error Jessica! Just updated the recipe! So sorry about that. I love this couscous recipe!!
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
I love couscous, but I don’t cook with it nearly enough. This needs to change! Love this. 🙂
Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)
So summery, light, and perfect for this freaking heat wave. Well done!
Yes! Living in Florida I try to make as many non-oven related meals as possible!
I am looooving that vinaigrette! Oh my gosh, I think I spelled it right all by myself too! Haha, that never happens!
Ha ha Carrian I’m the same way! Great job!
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
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!
Angie @ Big Bear's Wife
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!
I can’t wait to try the vinaigrette on a traditional salad!
Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain
I want a big ol’ bowl of this!! Love me some couscous!
addie | culicurious
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!
Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
Lime sounds like it would be amazing in this dish!!
Katie this sounds delicious! Cous Cous is one of my absolute favorites and you paired it with the perfect summer veggies…great recipe!
The lime kick sounds like the perfect touch!
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
This sounds right up my alley!!