Served over couscous, this vegetable-bean combination makes a complete one-dish meal with rich flavors of the Middle East. Add the Grilled Onion Raita (page 178) as a side dish, or serve with hot pepper sauce.
1 large zucchini (about 8 ounces)
1 large yellow squash (about 6 ounces)
1 small green bell pepper, quartered
1 small red bell pepper, quartered
1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup water
3/4 cup uncooked couscous
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash of ground cinnamon
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
How to Make It
Cut zucchini and squash lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place zucchini, squash, bell peppers, and onion on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until well browned. Remove vegetables to a cutting board; cool. Chop vegetables into bite-sized pieces; place in a large bowl.
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in couscous and the next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon). Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Add couscous, tomatoes, and remaining ingredients except cheese to vegetable mixture; toss well. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
This was good but needed more flair. I'm making it again with Kalamata olives and will mix in a little of the brine to flavor the couscous. I agree with needing more lemon juice. It's a good basic recipe and lends itself well tailoring to personal taste.
WOW! The dish looked pretty good but I really wasn't expecting it to be anything to write home about. I was wrong -- this is a new summertime favorite! The feta topping was so yummy, I just put it out on the table so we could each get as much as we wanted. Will definitely make for guests.