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Spicy zucchini couscous
Spicy zucchini couscous
J Riehm

It seems like everyone is trying to eat healthier and that includes a balanced diet. Whole grains are receiving lots of kudos these days because they are heart healthy and contain fiber and other important nutrients. Couscous fits into that category, especially when you buy whole wheat couscous. You can find couscous at your grocery store, usually in the rice aisle. It is avaiable in a variety of flavors and Near East is a great product.

It is also very simple to make your own version, which allows you to experiment and find your favorite flavors. Here's an easy recipe to get you started.

Spicy Zucchini Couscous

1 c . chicken broth
¾ c. couscous
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 sm-med zucchinis, cubed
1 tsp. ground coriander
¾ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. black pepper

Pour uncooked couscous into a casserole dish or pan. Bring broth to a boil, pour over couscous and let stand 5 minutes. Heat oil in skillet; add onions with ¼ tsp. salt and sauté. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add zucchini and a dash of salt, sauté 5 minutes, until tender. Reduce heat, stir in spices, cook for 2 minutes. Gently stir into couscous.

This is a great side dish to a variety of meals. Eat and enjoy!