Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dinner - Couscous with Dried Fruit & Feta


Tonight we had a interesting meal that combined sweet flavors with savory. I came across this recipe in an issue of Rachael Ray magazine, in the "Take Five" section, which uses 5 ingredients to create a meal. We also cooked up some chicken to serve with this meal.

I have been a huge fan of couscous since my parents would make it when I was younger. It's quite delicious and a great lighter alternative to pasta or rice. I also have a love of feta cheese, something that I liked a lot even as a picky-eating child. The ingredients of this meal are all things I like (well, except scallions!), but what really made me want to try it was the combination of salty and sweet.

The recipe did not disappoint and would also be tasty as a cold side dish in the summertime, instead of a pasta or potato salad. It was super easy to make, with the only real "work" the chopping of the apricots and cooking of the couscous. It was quite quick as well, clocking in at about 20 minutes from start to finish. Once the water has boiled for cooking the couscous, the rest of the meal comes together in no time!

I would love to try this recipe with other dried fruits, perhaps cherries, blueberries, heck maybe even dried pineapple or mango!! If you try this out, let me know how you like it!

Couscous with Dried Fruit & Feta

Ingredients:
-Two (5.6 ounce) packages garlic-flavored couscous (we used plain couscous from our pantry with garlic powder sprinkled in)
-1 cup dried cranberries or golden raisins (we used cranberries)
-1 cup dried apricots, chopped
-1/2 cup chopped scallions (we screwed up and used up all our scallions on the last recipe we made... so we omitted the scallions)
-1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Make couscous according to the package.
Place in a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients.

It's that easy! It also makes enough for 4-6 servings, depending on serving size!
We cooked up a couple chicken breasts to serve with the couscous, but you can omit that, or serve it with another meat or vegetables of your choice.

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