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Quick and Easy Vegetarian Couscous Pilaf

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  Instant couscous 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Vegetable bouillon cube 1
  Ground cloves 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground allspice 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Seven spice 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground ginger 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Couscous 2 Cup (32 tbs) (Instant Couscous)
  Fresh parsley 3 Tablespoon, chopped
  Almonds 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), sliced
  Pine nuts 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Golden raisins 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Green peas 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Carrots 1 Cup (16 tbs), shredded
  Bouillon cube 1 (Vegetable Bouillon Cube)
  Butter 5 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon

1. In a large pot on medium heat, add olive oil, pine nuts and almonds, stir and let brown for 2-3 minutes.
2. Next, add peas, carrots, raisins, water and veggie bouillon and cook for 3 minutes or until it comes up to a slight boil. 3. Next add salt, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, cloves, allspice, seven spices, 2 tablespoons butter and parsley, let cook for 3-5 minutes.
4. Then, stir in the couscous, 3 tablespoons butter and cook for 3 minutes
5. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff up with a fork, then cover again and let sit for another 5 minutes.

6. Garnish with parsley leaves and serve with a spicy red sauce or yogurt. It also goes great with roast or chicken.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Side Dish
Quick, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
15 Minutes
This quick versatile side dish pairs well with most any entrée. A bit different from the traditional couscous this pilaf-style couscous recipe is studded with raisins, chopped almonds and herbs and flavored with hearty spices that give it a unique flavor. It's savory, sweet, nutty and spicy all in one. If you like North-African and Mediterranean flavors try this easy vegetarian couscous with raisins pilaf.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1266 Calories from Fat 369

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 43 g65.7%

Saturated Fat 12.6 g63.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 40.4 mg13.5%

Sodium 1243.7 mg51.8%

Total Carbohydrates 192 g63.9%

Dietary Fiber 17.1 g68.3%

Sugars 29.3 g

Protein 33 g65.9%

Vitamin A 141% Vitamin C 56.2%

Calcium 16% Iron 30.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Quick And Easy Vegetarian Couscous Pilaf Recipe Video