Couscous is a very healthy mediterranean grain which you will see often on mediterranean menus. I love it because it is healthy, easy to cook and takes very well to different flavors. The best way to use couscous is to add spices and fresh vegetables to infuse layers of flavors. You will find this salad to be a delicious and refreshing choice. Sometimes I like to add some grilled chicken and use the leftovers stuffed in pitas for lunch.
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon whole cumin 1 cup green onions 2 jalapeños, chopped 2 cups plain couscous 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon White Jasmine Tandoori Masala 2 cups warm water
Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add whole cumin. Add green onions. Add jalapeños. Add couscous. Add salt and Tandoori Masala. Add warm water. Switch off the heat once the couscous starts to come to a boil. Cover the pan and leave it aside and let it cool down.
Once the couscous has cooled off, transfer it to a salad bowl. Add chopped tomatoes, cucumber, garbanzo beans and fresh cilantro. Mix well. Add olive oil and lime juice. Mix well and serve.
I was just thinking about this the other day and what instigated this thought process is some close calls of health challenges for people I know and cherish. I feel that there is a lot of power in prevention, however, quite often it seems to me that there is more emphasis on cure rather than prevention. Why is that?
Is it because we know that medical science has come a long way and we can rely on treatments when needed as a crutch, so we don't have to be mindful or responsible for taking action? or is it because in the life full of "busy-ness" (don't even know if this is a word:)) which we have created for ourselves there are better things to think about and invest in, then our own health and quality of life?
Whatever the answer maybe, I do feel that we have an immense responsibility to ensure that we are focusing on prevention and making good choices when it comes down to our health. Don't get me wrong, medication and treatment is absolutely essential when something unfortunate happens, however, a lot can be mitigated by taking a few small steps every day. On this note, here is a very healthy, easy and flavorful recipe for today:
1 tablespoon olive oil 1 4 inch cinnamon stick 2 green cardamoms 2 whole cloves 1 red pepper, chopped 1 8 oz can garbanzo beans 2 cups couscous 1 teaspoon garam masala ½ teaspoon turmeric ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 2 cups warm water 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced with seeds (optional if you like it hot!) 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the whole spices, add red pepper and garbanzo beans. Saute everything. Add Couscous. Add the ground spices. Add warm water. Switch off the heat once everything comes to a boil and cover the pan. Set aside for 12-15 minutes. Sprinkle cilantro on top and serve warm as a side with any entree.