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Incredible. This one is a keeper. I loved it but the real surprise is that┬áHusband enjoyed it as well. As for the kids…well we’ll get there! Couscous is a healthy alternative to pasta, rice and potatoes and while I’ve had it many ways…..it always tastes better when it has lots of flavour enhancers added to it.

Green Harvest Couscous

1 1/4 cup – couscous
Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
1 zucchini – quartered lengthwise and chopped (med. size)
1 cup – baby arugula, chopped (chiffinade)
1/2 – english cucumber, quartered lengthwise and chopped
1 – green onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup – toasted pecans, chopped
8 oz – goat cheese (approx) crumbled
salt & pepper
olive oil

In medium saucepan bring two cups water to a boil (or you can use stock). Remove from heat and stir in couscous and a drizzle of olive oil. (easy peasy) Cover and let stand for 5 minutes and then sprinkle with lemon peel, lemon juice and fluff. Set aside.

Heat more olive oil in a pan and add zucchini cooking until golden – about 5 minutes. Season with S&P. (This is a sneaky flavour enhancer because you don’t even taste the zucchini- but get all the nutritional benefits!)

Finally throw everything into a large bowl (I sprinkle the cheese on top). Season with more S&P and serve.

This side dish goes with just about any grilled meat. Once you get the family eating and liking couscous – you could even go crazy and put it into lettuce wraps for a different kind of meal. Or if you are not a meat eater….make it your main meal!

As Martha would say…it’s a good thing!

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