Recipe of the Month

Recipe of the month (Vegetarian Dish)
Couscous with Chickpeas, Dried Fruit, and Cilantro – (Serves 4)
1/2 c. water
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1 c. orange juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. whole wheat couscous (or substitute with regular couscous)
1/2 c. water
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 c. dried apricots, sliced
1/2 c. dried sweetened cranberries
3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

  1. Combine water, allspice, 1/2 cup of the orange juice, 1 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stir in couscous, cover, remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper, garlic, and curry powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add chickpeas, apricots, and cranberries. Cook stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in remaining 1/2 cup orange juice and cook, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
    Serve over couscous.

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