Grilled Vegetables in Balsamic Tomato Sauce with Couscous

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The sweetness of grilled vegetables is balanced by a tart tomato sauce, which mixes perfectly with simple couscous. Preferably use a heavy grill pan. If you don't have one you can use a baking tray beneath an oven grill, or even roast the vegetables in a hot oven and then transfer them to a pan for the last part. But you will get more of the char-grill flavor if you use a pan. If you want to make more or less couscous, just use the same quantity of water as couscous. This dish keeps well, as the flavor of the vegetables seems to grow stronger. It is just as nice served lightly warmed for lunch as hot for a dinner, or use it as a cold dish in a selection of salads.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 1 zucchini

  • 1 small eggplant

  • 1 large sweet onion

  • ¾ cup frozen broad beans

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 cup couscous

  • 1 cup vegetable stock

Directions

  1. Remove the seeds from the pepper, and chop into strips about 1 to 2 inches long. Cut the eggplant crossways into rounds about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick, and cut each one into 6 to 8 even chunks. Peel the onion, and chop into 8 portions. Trim the zucchini, and cut into thick slices.

  2. Heat grill pan over a high heat with a generous splash of olive oil. When it is very hot, add all the vegetables to the pan. Press down occasionally to get grill lines across them. Turn occasionally to prevent burning. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are evenly browned and cooked through.

  3. Stir broad beans into the vegetables. Add chopped tomatoes, and vinegar. Simmer for a few minutes while the couscous is prepared.

  4. Place couscous into a medium bowl. Add boiling vegetable stock, and stir with a fork. Keep lifting the couscous occasionally to prevent it sticking. It only takes 2 to 3 minutes to become soft. Place couscous in a large bowl or serving platter, and serve the vegetables on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
5g Fat
59g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 74mg 370%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 760mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.