Fast(ing) Food - Quick Rainbow Couscous

Day 59, Feast Day #31

There are some days when you just don't figure out what you are making or eating for dinner until you open the pantry and fridge (there are periods in life where this happens everyday). This was one of those days. I found a leftover bag of couscous, part of a bag of frozen corn, a can of beans, some veggies and fruit from Zach and my weekend trip to Seattle's famous Pike Place Market, and cilantro from the planter outside our apartment. This is what I made:
I ate my own bowl with avocado on it before remembering to take a picture, whoops!
Quick Rainbow Couscous (Yields 4 servings) ~355 kcal/serving w/avocado, ~275 kcal w/o
Takes 10-15 minutes

I am calling this "rainbow couscous" because of the different colors of veggies and fruit in this dish. No unicorns, leprechauns, or Lisa Frank creations were harmed while making my dinner. Eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables is a good strategy for both children and adults to eat a variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
  • 3/4 dry instant couscous (the smaller sized kind) ~488 kcal
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth ~13 kcal
  • 1 medium tomato, diced ~35 kcal
  • 1/2 a bell pepper, diced (I used an orange one) ~25 kcal
  • 1/4 of a onion, diced (I used a yellow one) ~15 kcal
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped ~2 kcal
  • 1/2 cup of sweet corn (I used frozen) ~50 kcal
  • 1 can of beans, drained and rinsed (I used red kidney, black would have made sense if I had some on hand) ~385 kcal
  • 1 large avocado, sliced ~322 kcal - optional
Put the broth in a medium to large pot. Throw in onions into pot. 

Bring broth and onions to a boil. Once at a boil, cover the pot and remove from heat. Let sit  covered for 5 minutes. Don't peek or your couscous won't cook right.

Heat your corn according to the package directions if using frozen like I did. Drain.

Mix olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, cumin, Adobo seasoning, pepper, and hot sauce together. Pour this sauce onto the couscous after the 5 minutes is over. Fluff the mixture.

Dump in the bell pepper, corn, tomato, cilantro. Mix together. 

Serve with sliced avocado on top. If there is any lime juice left, drizzle it on your avocado. Enjoy!

1 comment: