Mediterranean Baked Veggies

Ingredients:

  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 16 oz Asparagus
  • 1/2 oz Thyme
  • 4 tsp Veggie Stock concentrate
  • 8 oz grape tomatoes
  • 4 Scallions
  • 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous
  • 1 oz sliced almonds
  • 1 cup feta cheese

Directions:

  1. Prep: Adjust rack to middle position ans preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. Mince garlic. Trim and discard woody bottom ends from asparagus; but stalks crosswise into 3-inch pieces. Strip thyme leaves from stems; discard stems and roughly chop leaves. In a small pot, combine stock concentrate and 2 cup water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Roast Veggies: Toss garlic, asparagus, tomatoes, and half the thyme on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast, tossing halfway through, until asparagus is tender and tomatoes burst, 12-15 minutes.
  3. Cook Scallion whites: Meanwhile, trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from green. Melt 2 TBSP butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add scallion whites and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute.
  4. Toast Couscous: Add couscouse and remaining thyme to same pot. Cook, stirring, until grains are lightly toasted, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Simmer Couscous: Pour simmering stock into pot with couscous mixture. Reduce to a low simmer, cover, and cook until tender, 6-8 minutes. Drain any excess liquid from pot, if necessary.
  6. Serve: Fluff couscous with a fork; season with salt and pepper. Divide between plates, then top with roasted veggies. Sprinkle with almond, feta, and scallion greens.

Recipe adapted from Hello Fresh

Chickpea-Powered Mediterranean Couscous

Ingredients:
1 zucchini
8 oz grape tomatoes
2 sprigsThyme (.5 oz)
2 Scallions
2 cloves garlic
1 lemon
1 can Chickpeas
1 teaspoon Paprika
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 cup couscous
1/2 Tablespoon Stock Concentrate
1/2 cup Feta Cheese
Salt & Pepper, to taste
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry all produce. Adjust racks to middle and upper position and preheat to 425 degrees. 
  2. Trim zucchini, then cut into 1/2-inches cubes. Halve tomatoes. Strip thyme leaves from stems. Trim, then thinly slice scallions, keeping greens and whites separate. Mince garlic. Halve lemon.
  3. Toss zucchini, tomatoes, and half of the thyme leaves on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt & pepper. Roast in oven on middle rack until tender, about 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  4. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the chickpeas. On another baking sheet, toss chickpeas, paprika, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast in oven on upper rack until crisp, about 20 minutes, tossing halfway. TIP: The chickpeas may pop-it’s natural.
  5. Heat 1 Tablespoon butter, garlic, and scallion whites in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted and garlic is fragrant, add couscous and remaining thyme leaves. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing until couscous is lightly toasted, 2-3 minutes.
  6. Stir stock concentrate and 1 1/2 cups water into pot. Bring to boil, then lower heat and reduce to a simmer. Cook until couscous is al dente, 10-12 minutes.
  7. Add half the veggies, half the feta cheese, and squeeze of lemon to pot with couscous and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Divide couscous & veggies between plates, then top with scallion greens and remaining feta cheese.