Spicy Couscous with Dates


This is a spicy couscous recipe for the winter months from far in the Arctic north!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 whole star anise pods

  • salt to taste

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 dried hot red peppers, diced

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 large fresh mushrooms, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ¼ cup chopped dates

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup uncooked couscous

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable stock


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and saute onion until tender. Season with anise pods and salt. Mix in garlic, red bell pepper, dried hot red peppers, and black pepper. Continue to cook and stir until vegetables are tender.

  2. Stir mushrooms and lemon juice into the vegetable mixture. Mix in dates and cinnamon, and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes.

  3. Place couscous in a medium saucepan, and cover with vegetable stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes, until all moisture has been absorbed.

  4. Fluff couscous with a fork, mix into the vegetables, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

594 Calories
11g Fat
112g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 594
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 315mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 112g 41%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 52mg 259%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 956mg 20%

* 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.