Couscous with Zucchini



Oh, this Couscous with Zucchini side dish makes me want to do my little “happy dance”.  Why?  You know how I feel about dishes that are easy and quickly prepared, right?  Well, this one is one of them.  Done in 20 minutes, with simple, straight forward, yet flavorful ingredients.  I have to admit that at first, I thought this dish was going to be bland and not very exciting, but boy was I wrong!  The couscous actually has a beautiful subtle flavor (depending on how crazy you go with the red pepper flakes) and is awesome as a side dish when you’re grilling, or serving light summer food.

Couscous originated in Morocco and is a type of pasta, made from dried semolina dough.  It is low in calories and high in protein (compared to other grains).  And it is simple to prepare.  Add it to boiling water, let it stand, fluff with fork et voila, you’re done!  Did I mention it was easy to make?  Oh, sooo excited about this one.  It is making me want to try out more couscous recipes.  It’s a perfect dish to incorporate any veggies, left over in the crisp drawer of the fridge.

Couscous with Zucchini


  • 10 oz. Israeli couscous
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 tbsp. green onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. mint, sliced thin
  • salt 



  • Add the couscous to boiling water, add a pinch of salt and remove from heat and cover.  Let it stand 5 minutes.
  • In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil.  Add the red pepper flakes, garlic, zucchini, green onions, mint and salt.
  • Cook until tender, about 5 minutes and remove from the heat.
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork and fold in the vegetables.

Serves: 4
Time: 20 minutes


(Recipe by: The Neelys)


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