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Casbah Couscous

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  15 Minutes
  Serves 4
Couscous is a staple in North African cuisine and is actually considered a type of pasta that is made from ground wheat. It is also the name of a dish, which is made by combining couscous with vegetables, raisins, spices and sometimes meat or chicken. This recipe combines the components of a traditional couscous, but the cooking method has been simplified to save time and use less fat. The combination of grain, vegetables, raisins and spice gives it an interesting blend of textures and flavors.
3 cups cooked couscous  (approximately l pound package) prepared just before assembly
1 cup cooked garbanzo beans (if canned, rinse salt first)
1/2 cup medium diced white onion
1/2 cup small diced red bell pepper
1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon ground dry turmeric
2 teaspoons chopped preserved lemon
1/2 cup raisins, plumped in orange juice, approximately 1 hour in advance
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, or to taste
1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
Have all ingredients chopped and ready to go. While couscous is steaming, quickly saute onion and bell pepper until just soft. Add garlic at end and cook just until fragant. Add raisins, then add couscous, toss. Add lemon, cinnamon, salt and cilantro to taste.

Recipe created exclusively for by Cheryl Forberg, R.D., Health Editor at

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 309
Sodium: 14mg
Fiber: 7g
Carbohydrates, Total: 59g
Protein: 9g
% Cal. from Fat: 15%
Fat. Total: 5g
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