Friday, June 4, 2010

kitchen sink couscous

i have been at a loss lately as to what to cook for dinner. i keep getting produce boxes, but nothing jumps out at me as a great recipe. i also have been very busy. in addition to my "day job," i'm still teaching one night a week and taking a pottery class (posts coming soon) on another night during the week. i just spent a weekend in beantown visiting the brother and his wife, followed by another weekend (well, really more like a week) in iowa for a wedding and some fishing with my pops. now that i'm back a work (until mid-june when i go out of town for trip to tn with the college gang), i'm overwhelmed with the the work i need to complete and invitations to parties, bbq's, happy hours, and general summer frolicing.

which makes the question: what to make for dinner that is weather appropriate (sweltering) and not daunting (or time consuming, for that matter)?

answer: kitchen sink couscous
(or at least that is what i'm calling it.)

this is quite possibly one of the best ideas i've had in a long time. i made 2 cups of dry couscous with raisins and lemon pepper and added a little of everything i could find in the fridge: green peppers, green beans, black olives, feta, tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, red onions, pine nuts (these are added later - on top to keep them from getting mushy), cilantro, and other stuff i can't remember.

i mixed everything with a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, sour cream, agave nectar, and spices. then, i scooped out about a cup of this concoction on top of lettuce for a tasty lunch or dinner. for dinner, i highly recommend pairing it with a crisp glass of white and dinning on one's porch or balcony :)

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