Vegetable Couscous Salad

The weather in Philadelphia decided to take a break from the cold and give us two days of summer! We hit temperatures above 80 degrees so I wanted to prepare a light meal that didn’t involve much time over a stove. This Vegetable Couscous Salad from Cooking Light is perfect for summer dinners. It also travels well, so it would be a great addition to a barbecue, just make it ahead of time and bring it with you! Ingredients: Dressing: 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 (.6 ounce envelope Italian dressing mix) or Italian spice blend Salad: 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup uncooked couscous 2 cups chopped red bell pepper (I used two peppers) 2 cups chopped tomato (I used two beefsteak tomatoes) 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions 1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Sweet Orange Salmon with Browned Butter-Orange Couscous

After all the pasta, meat, and desserts I’ve had over the past, oh, month, I think it’s about time to switch back to some seafood recipes. This is actually two different recipes from Cooking Light but I thought they’d be fantastic together. The Sweet Orange Salmon recipe is so easy and quick to make and the Browned-Butter Orange Couscous can be whipped up in no time as well! Ingredients Salmon: 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets Cooking spray Orange wedges   Couscous: 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup slivered almonds 1 cup uncooked couscous 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 1/2 cup coarsely chopped orange sections 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon salt Orange wedges

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pine Nuts & a Giveaway!

I need more sides in my life. Couscous is a great weekday choice because it’s so quick to make, maybe 20 minutes in total. This recipe is from the Fresh & Healthy DASH Diet Cooking Cookbook which I absolutely love. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute a encourages increasing whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean proteins and minimizing processed gains, high-fat meats and dairy, sugars and sodium… which is basically more just eating healthy versus a diet.   This couscous recipe is made with vegetable broth to give it some flavor with bites of pine nuts, dried cranberries, and scallions.   Ingredients: 2 teaspoons canola oil 1/4 cup pine nuts 2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable stock 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 cup couscous (whole wheat if you can find it) 1/3 cup dried cranberries 2 scallions, coarsely chopped

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