What’s For Dinner? Colorful Couscous

You know how you have your go-to recipes for quick dishes that are always reliably delicious. This one is one of mine. It is couscous with lots of veggies and flavor and it is SO easy, and healthy. Wanna give it a try? Here’s the recipe.

Recipe Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_yy_iH-DQA

Ingredients
-1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
-4 bell peppers (use as many colors as you can)
-3 medium shallots
-2 tablespoons minced garlic (2 large cloves)
-1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
-1 egg (optional)
-1 cup couscous
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon pepper

Directions
1. Finely chop your bell peppers, shallots, and garlic.
2. On medium heat, put your extra virgin olive oil in a sautee pan. Add your chopped bell peppers and shallots and stir occasionally for about 2-3 minutes.
3. Add your minced garlic and stir occasionally for another 2-3 minutes.
4. Add your salt and pepper while veggies are sauteeing.
5. After 2-3 minutes, add your stock and turn the heat up to medium high until
boiling.
6. Add your couscous and turn the heat off. Stir to make sure the couscous is
evenly covered in the stock. Put a lid on, and let sit for 5-6 minutes.
7. Use a fork to fluff up the finished product and enjoy!
Bonus: Add a fried egg to the top to make it extra decadent. 

Recipe: Spicy Succotash

 

A frequently-requested side dish for potlucks or dinner parties is my creamy, spicy succotash.  It is easy, but very flavorful and goes with just about anything.

Click HERE to watch the recipe video.

Ingredients

-4 tablespoons butter
-28 oz package frozen baby lima beans
-2  15 oz cans whole kernel corn (or frozen corn)
-1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
-1 red bell pepper, chopped
-1 orange bell pepper, chopped
-1 tablespoon minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
-1 teaspoon ground paprika
-1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
-2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
-4 tablespoons flour
-1 cup heavy whipping cream (half and half works ok)
-salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.  Heat butter in a sauceman over medium heat.
2. Place frozen lima beans (and frozen corn, if you use frozen over canned) in
the butter and heat for a couple minutes.
3. Place onion, bell pepper, corn, and garlic in the pan and let saute for 7-8
minutes.
4.  Add paprika, cayenne, and cajun seasoning and stir.
5. Add flour, stir, and let cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Add cream and turn heat down to medium- low.  Let cook another 10
minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Taste and add salt, pepper, or any other spices it needs. Then, enjoy!

If you try this out, let me know how it goes!