Another Meatless Monday: Roasted Veggie Couscous Recipe

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meatless monday couscous recipe

This recipe comes to us from Courtney of Coco Cooks.

This Meatless Monday couscous salad recipe makes a great side dish… or a full meal!

Asparagus spears, bell pepper, zucchini and onion are roasted to perfection then tossed with couscous infused with vegetable broth. Kidney beans pack a protein punch and turn this salad into a hearty lunch.  

Roasted Spring Veggie Couscous
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Israeli couscous*
  2. 1 veggie bouillon cube
  3. 1 bunch asparagus spears, chopped
  4. 1/2 red pepper, sliced
  5. 1/2 half green bell pepper, sliced
  6. 1 zucchini, sliced
  7. 1/2 white onion, sliced
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  10. salt and pepper, to taste
  11. 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  12. 1 cup dried red kidney beans, cooked
  13. Or
  14. 1 cup canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  15. 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  16. ¼ cup lemon infused olive oil
  17. Or
  18. ¼ cup olive oil with 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  19. ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  20. 3 tablespoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted for garnish**
  21. *Israeli couscous is larger than most traditional North African couscous and can be found in the
  22. grain or ethnic food section of most grocery stores. To substitute traditional couscous cook
  23. couscous according to package directions, using veggie broth instead of water.
  24. **optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Bring 1 ¼ cup of water to a boil in a small pot over high heat. Add veggie bouillon cube and stir to dissolve. Turn heat down to medium, add couscous, cover and cook for about 10 minutes, or until all the liquid has absorbed.
  3. Spread out the asparagus, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, zucchini and onion onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle vegetables with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 min, or until vegetables are tender and beginning to brown. Remove vegetables from oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl combine couscous, kidney beans, roasted vegetables and chopped parsley. Mix to combine and drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup lemon olive oil and ¼ cup balsamic vinegar. Toss to ensure even distribution of oil and vinegar.
  5. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds if using and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Nutrition Facts
  2. Calories 401 Calories from Fat 160 (39%) Amount Per Serving %DV Total Fat 17.8g 27% Saturated Fat 2.5g 12% Monounsaturated Fat 12.5g Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 208mg 8% Potassium 556mg 15% Total Carbohydrate 50.2g 16% Dietary Fiber 7.3g 29% Sugars 4.5g Protein 11.1g 22%
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Bonus: 

 Listen to this Green Divas Foodie-Phile segment—Green Diva Diana Rice dispels the myth of ‘not getting enough protein as a vegetarian, and shares some great vegetable-based protein sources.

And this Green Divas Radio Show podcast features Terra Wellington, who talks about easy ways to transition to a more veggie-based diet—NO, she isn’t saying you have to go vegan or even vegetarian, just eat more healthy veggies!


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Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday is global movement with a simple message: once a week, cut the meat. Launched in 2003, Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, working in collaboration with the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Our goal is to reduce meat consumption by 15 percent for our personal health and the health of the planet. Follow Meatless Monday on Pinterest.

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