This meal will satisfy anyone and appeal to the biggest food critic with a few simple tricks!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and stir in couscous. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer couscous until water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to stand covered for about 5 more minutes to let couscous dry.

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  • Stir butter and 1 teaspoon basil lightly into couscous until butter is melted; set couscous aside.

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir asparagus, zucchini, red bell pepper, and garlic in the hot oil until the vegetables are tender and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

  • Pack the couscous tightly into a measuring cup or bowl; place serving platter face down on top of the cup, invert the platter, and remove cup to turn couscous out onto the platter in a rounded shape.

  • Arrange cooked vegetables around the mound of couscous; place 1 sprig of basil in center of couscous to serve.

Nutrition Facts

399.2 calories; protein 15.8g 32% DV; carbohydrates 67.3g 22% DV; fat 11.2g 17% DV; cholesterol 13.4mg 5% DV; sodium 44.9mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2012
Very simple but tasty. Didn't have the couscous with flax seed so substituted whole wheat couscous with a roasted garlic and olive oil flavor. Used orange pepper instead of red. Omitted butter. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 4 stars
05/22/2012
Very simple but tasty. Didn't have the couscous with flax seed so substituted whole wheat couscous with a roasted garlic and olive oil flavor. Used orange pepper instead of red. Omitted butter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2015
Trying to eat more veggies and this recipe did the trick. My husband loved it ... I also make this with other veggies I have hangin'out in my fridge. Quick & easy anytime. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2020
I'm sure this is better the next day when the ingredients have time to meld. My couscous was boxed. I added broccoli instead of asparagus and also added mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2020
delicious! we used snap peas instead of the asparagus and added a little sweet chili sauce for an added zing. my wife agreed siracha to her since she is the spice queen. perfect! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2014
yummm Read More