Curried Couscous with Broccoli

This is adapted from a recipe at myrecipes.com.  I tend to find a lot of my ‘quick and easy’ recipes there, mainly because I browse around when I’ve got some time on my hands.  This is a nice recipe that’s super quick to make and isn’t expensive either.  I generally don’t add the raisins, but you can definitely substitute in dried cranberries.  Sprinkling some cheese over the top would be nice as well (I’m thinking parmesan).

Curried Couscous with Broccoli

Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted cashews, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (you can decrease this to taste)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced fresh ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

Directions:

  • Bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually stir in couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  • While couscous stands, steam broccoli florets, covered, for 3 minutes or until tender.
  • Combine couscous, broccoli, onion, and next 10 ingredients (onion through chickpeas), tossing gently.
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Veggie Lasagna

I don’t remember where I found this recipe, but I’ve made it so many times that I don’t have to look at the recipe any more.  It’s that good.

This vegetable lasagna is lighter and fresher than traditional lasagna, and the addition of pesto gives it its signature flavor.  Don’t skip out on the pesto, and if you use regular pasta sauce, I’d recommend adding some dried (or fresh!) basil to the sauce mix.

It’s a perfect dish to make this time of year (late spring/summer), because zucchini is everywhere.  Given that I’m slightly addicted to zucchini, you know I’m going to be making this recipe pretty soon.  And then eating it for lunch for three days afterward.

Veggie Lasagna

Serves a lot of people

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Carrots (sliced)
  • 3/4 cup Zucchini (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 26 ounce Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Pesto
  • 15 ounce Ricotta Cheese
  • 6 pieces Lasagna (cut in half)
  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and the next 4 ingredients (mushrooms through onion); cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add pasta sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Combine pesto and ricotta in a small bowl.
  4. Spread 1/2 cup tomato mixture in the bottom of a 8-inch square baking dish or pan coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 noodle halves over tomato mixture. Top noodles with half of ricotta mixture and 1 cup tomato mixture.
  5. Repeat layers, ending with noodles. Spread remaining tomato mixture over noodles; sprinkle with mozzarella.
  6. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.