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Herbed Couscous Pilaf

Herbed Couscous Pilaf

I adapted this recipe I found in the October 2010 issue of Cooking Light that was healthy, flavorful, and delicious.  This recipe is extremely quick and simple to make – which is perfect for a busy week night.  I served this couscous with chicken and roasted veggies for a delicious and healthy meal.  We all, kids included, loved this couscous pilaf.

Herbed Couscous Pilaf

Heat the garlic olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the minced shallot and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.  Add the couscous and cook stirring often for 2 minutes.  Add the chicken broth, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes.  Add the fresh parsley and chives then fluff with a fork.  Taste and add more seasonings if needed.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

Herbed Couscous Pilaf

 

Herbed Couscous Pilaf

Herbed Couscous Pilaf

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp garlic olive oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • ½ cup of whole wheat couscous
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp chicken broth
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the garlic olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the minced shallot and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes. Add the couscous and cook stirring often for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the fresh parsley and chives then fluff with a fork. Taste and add more seasonings if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
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  1. Wow looks really great …will try it for a dinner with some friends… sure they will like it !!!
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  2. Couscous is so quick and delicious, and I don’t know why I don’t make it more often! This looks so good, Pam. I love that you used whole wheat couscous. I need to make a trip to TJ’s to purchase some to make this recipe!

  3. I love how fast couscous comes together! Perfect side dish, or I have tossed in leftover bits of chicken for a main dish. A light lemon and olive oil dressing, and it is the perfect summertime meal!

  4. It is a lovely recipe. I always try to keep couscous in the pantry. It cooks so quickly that it should be subtitled the workingwoman’s friend. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Can I substitute Quinoa? I bought quinoa at B.J.’s and I need to figure what dishes it can be added to?

    1. I always replace couscous with quinoa!!!
      Cup for cup Quinoa takes Longer to cook (15-20 mins) so just allow for that.
      Also remember to rinse your quinoa thoroughly or else there will be a bitter taste!