Fred’s Mediterranean-American Cran-Raisin Couscous

Couscous and Cranberries

1 cup couscous
3 cups water (for cooking couscous)
1 cup radishes, chopped
¼ cup finely chopped green onions
¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, minced
¼ cup golden raisins
¼ cup dried cranberries
6 cherry tomatoes, split lengthwise or 12 grape tomatoes
¼ cup whole roasted almonds
½ cup whole fresh mint leaves
juice from 3 lemons
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
finely ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a simmer in a small pot. Add the couscous and cook on low boil until the water is absorbed, approximately 3 minutes. The couscous should be light and fluffy. Remove from heat and transfer to a platter to cool.
  2. Roast the almonds on a baking sheet in the oven or in a toaster until they are just lightly golden.
  3. Chop the other vegetables.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled couscous with the radishes, scallions, parsley, golden raisins, tomatoes, almonds and mint. Add the lemon juice and olive oil.
  5. Stir the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Nutrition Facts (by serving)
Calories 340
Calories from fat 30%
Fat (grams) 12
Saturated fat (grams) 1
Cholesterol (milligrams) 0
Carbohydrates (grams) 53
Protein (grams) 8
Sodium (milligrams) 58

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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