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Moroccan Couscous with Roasted Vegetables.

Moroccan Couscous with roasted vegetables and chickpeas. A tasty, spiced Moroccan couscous recipe packed with North African flavours. Great for lunch or as a side dish.
Course Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Calories 469kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups butternut squash (210g/7.4oz) cut into small bitesize cubes
  • 2 small red onions (1 cup/140g/5oz) cut into quarters
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (1 cup/125g/4.5oz) seeds and pith removed then cut into small bitesize pieces
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini/ courgette (165g/ 1 ⅓cup/6oz) cut into bitesize pieces
  • 7 or 8 dried, ready to eat apricots roughly chopped
  • 1 ⅓ cups couscous (250g/9oz)
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium vegetable stock (300ml) made with 2 tsp of vegan bouillon
  • 1 lemon, the zest and juice of
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 heaped tsp cumin
  • 1 level tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 15oz can of cooked chickpeas (400g/ drained weight 240g)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 small handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped about 3 heaped tablespoons
  • 2 heaped tbsp finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds or more if you wish optional
  • cup blanched flaked almonds optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 392F / 200C.
    Add the butternut squash, red onions and pepper to a large baking tray. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle over 1 and a half tablespoons of olive oil.
    Toss the vegetables then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes remove the tray from the oven then add the zucchini/courgette. Toss all the vegetables together then return the tray to the oven and bake for a further 20 minutes. The vegetables should be soft and slightly charred on the edges.
  • While the veggies are roasting, make the couscous.
  • Add the couscous to a large bowl, pour in the vegetable stock, stir, then cover the bowl with cling film or something similar. Leave for 10 minutes
  • While the couscous is doing its magic and the veggies are roasting, make the dressing.
    Add all the spices, lemon zest and lemon juice to a bowl, whisk in the ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil. Set aside until you are ready to use it.
  • When the couscous is ready, use a fork and scrape the couscous to loosen it up. It should be nice and fluffy.
  • Now add the chickpeas and the dressing to the couscous, stir well.
  • Add the veggies and the chopped apricots and stir again.
  • Finally, add the herbs and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with blanched almond slivers and pomegranate arils/seeds.

Notes

  • Nutritional information is approximate and is provided by an online too.
  • Calories are based on serving 6 people.
  • Stock I used a low sodium vegan bouillon to make the stock for this, if you want to keep this vegan please read the labels on your stock, not all vegetable stock is vegan. Also, a low sodium stock is essential, a regular stock will make the couscous too salty.
  • Couscous For best results leave the couscous to soak up the stock for 10 minutes, always scrape your couscous with a fork to get that light and fluffy texture. Couscous is made from durum wheat, therefore, is not gluten-free.
  • Spices I have made this dish suitable for the whole family, however, if you want more spice in this or more heat then I would add an extra teaspoon of cumin and maybe some red chilli flakes too.
  • Storage This will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, keep it in an airtight container. For freezing tips please see the post.
  • Reheating This couscous can be eaten cold however it is best served warm. If you want to reheat it, do so on a hot skillet and make sure it is hot throughout.

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 68.6g | Protein: 14.6g | Fat: 16.4g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 12.1g | Sugar: 10.2g | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 4.3mg