March 18, 2011

vegetable couscous

This is one of my 'quick and easy recipes' I usually whip up for lunch, when I can't think of anything exciting to make.  Couscous is really easy to make (2 min) and extremely delicious (10/10) - making it one of my favorite grains. In a 1/3 cup of dry couscous, there is approximately 7g of fibre and 8g of protein. This meal alone has a whopping 13g of fibre. Have I ever mentioned that I am obsessed with fibre. It's the one nutrient in my diet, that's never lacking. Why do I love fibre you ask? Well, to be honest, I am obsessed with my bowels and maintaining regularity. Before I started blogging, I used to be a GI (gastro-intestinal)/Surgery dietitian. I witnessed many complications caused by prolonged fibre deficiency, and it wasn't pretty. I'm sure my husband's going to love this blog post - he loves it when I talk about my bowels!

serves 4

2 cups dry couscous
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup cran raisins
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Once the water has boiled, remove pot from heat, add dry couscous and cover for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients.