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.

Lunch Rice Bowl

Ingredients:

  • Brown rice
  • 1 can Black beans
  • Black Olives
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro (optional)

Directions:

  • Prepare Brown rice as directed by package. I make a 2 cup batch and use for 4 or 5 days.
  • Rinse black beans and mix into cooked rice.
  • I like to use sliced olives
  • You can use any salsa or home made
  • Cut avocado in half around pit. slice with butter knife lengthwise through the meat of the avocado (without going through the skin). Use large spoon to scoop out of the skin.
  • Sprinkle cilantro over top (optional)

Lunch prep directions: I make 2 cups of rice, mix with beans and store in 4 separate containers in refrigerator. When I’m ready to eat lunch, I microwave the rice mixture 1 minute, then add olives, salsa, avocado, & cilantro. So good!

~Recipe adapted from Cafe Yum