Grilled Vegetables and Chickpeas with Couscous

Photo: Jan Smith

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.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups couscous mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 325
  • Calories from fat: 22%
  • Fat: 7.8g
  • Saturated fat: 2.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g
  • Protein: 13.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 53g
  • Fiber: 8.6g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 270mg
  • Calcium: 113mg

Ingredients

  • 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)
  • Cooking spray
  • 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

Preparation

  1. Prepare grill.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add couscous, tomatoes, and remaining ingredients except cheese to vegetable mixture; toss well. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
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