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According to folklore, basil is a harbinger of romance. Should a man give a sprig to a woman, she will fall in love with him and never, ever leave him. In Italy, if a woman puts a pot of basil on her windowsill, it means she is ready to receive her suitor. She might have many suitors if she serves this recipe, too.

Recipe by Cooking Light June 1996

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Yield:
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup vegetables, 3/4 cup couscous, and 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425°.

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  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well. Add zucchini, bell peppers, onion, and mushrooms; toss well to coat. Arrange vegetables in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan. Bake at 425° for 35 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring occasionally.

  • Spoon roasted vegetables over couscous, and top with cheese. Sprinkle with pepper. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

285 calories; calories from fat 28%; fat 8.9g; saturated fat 3.7g; mono fat 3.5g; poly fat 0.7g; protein 11g; carbohydrates 41.4g; fiber 3.9g; cholesterol 19mg; iron 2.7mg; sodium 439mg; calcium 140mg.
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