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Ah, just saying the name.... couscous. It just rolls off the tongue evoking images of bazaars and the aroma of a spice market. Yeah, okay, i;m getting carried away. Sometimes, in a food box i receive a box of couscous mix and it's always a surprise how much i enjoy it. Join me past the fold for some ideas on how to cook it.

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1      10-ounce      box couscous (1 1/2 cups)
kosher salt and black pepper
3      tablespoons      unsalted butter
2      cloves garlic, chopped
4      scallions, chopped
1      pound      medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1      15.5-ounce      can cannellini beans, rinsed
1/2      cup      fresh flat-leaf parsley
2      tablespoons      fresh lemon juice
In a saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil.
Stir in the couscous and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cover and let sit off heat for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork before serving.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the garlic and scallions and cook for 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, until they begin to turn pink, about 3 minutes.
Stir in the beans, parsley, lemon juice, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
Cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with the couscous.


Brown ½ pound ground beef. Cook ½ cup couscous according to the package directions.
Mix the beef, couscous, 4 sliced scallions, 1 cup crumbled Feta, and ½ cup chopped dried apricots; season with salt and pepper.
Stuff into 4 hollowed-out bell peppers and bake at 400° F, covered, until tender, 45 to 50 minutes.


1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 1 red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
 1 red, green, or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1" pieces
 2 zucchinis, halved lengthwise and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
 1/2 cup golden raisins
 1 teaspoon kosher salt
 grated zest of one orange
 1 (14.5 ounce) can low sodium garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
 1/2 cup orange juice
 1 1/2 cups couscous
 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
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Place a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Stir in the cumin, ginger, cloves, cayenne, cardamom, coriander, and allspice; gently toast until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in oil and onion, cook until softened. Stir in the bell pepper, and zucchini; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the raisins, salt, zest, and garbanzos.
Pour in the chicken broth and orange juice; turn heat to high and bring to a boil. When the mixture is boiling, stir in the couscous and remove from heat; cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and fold in chopped mint.

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