Happy Meatless Monday to you all! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent some time over the holidays with some of my family who lives states away from me and it was so fun to see everyone! I especially loved to see all my little nieces and nephews. I know everyone says this about their own, but mine are just the cutest ever! I always miss them, but I see them every few months so its not too bad.
Ok, onto this delicious salad. I made it with Israeli couscous, which is a toasted pasta shaped like little tiny balls. It is much larger than the couscous that you are used to. The flavor is delicious, and fun for children to eat, and it has a great presentation if you are making this to take to a gathering. With the addition of spicy toasted chickpeas for a punch of complete protein,and lots of fresh raw vegetables, it makes the perfect, light yet filling meal. And it is great eaten chilled, so its also perfect for packing in lunches for yourself or your kids. If you can not find Israeli couscous, you can make this using regular couscous or whole grain pasta noodles that are smaller shaped (like elbow macaroni noodles) and get great results.
Hope you all enjoy this as much as we did, and if you didn't know what to make your family for meatless Monday, well, now you know. :) And stay tuned. More coming to you this week from my kitchen!
Israeli Couscous Salad
with Spicy toasted chickpeas and fresh veggies
What you need:
2 C. uncooked Israeli Couscous
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
pinch of sea salt
Cook couscous according to package directions. Fluff, and then add...
1/2 c. green olives, sliced in half
1/2 c. black olives, sliced in half
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
1/2 avocado, diced
juice of 2 lemons
2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. of Ume plum vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 recipe for toasted chickpeas (recipe below)
Spicy Toasted Chickpeas:
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed well, and blotted with a towel to get extra moisture off.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
good pinch each of salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper