Welcome to my accidental deliciousness. It was lunch gone wild, and I couldn't be happier with the end product. On Wednesday I head back to my old stomping grounds in upstate New York for some quality mom time. Today's lunch was a direct byproduct of the impulse as old as time... to clean out the fridge of all things that might go bad before going on vacation. It drives me nuts to discover a mystery bag of produce that's been forgotten, and consequently is way past its prime. This was the attempt to decrease the occupancy of my crisper, and it worked like a charm.
The only thought going into my lunch creation was couscous. A few weeks back I diced up some vegetables and threw them in with couscous. It was a nice addition to an otherwise plain side dish. Going with that thought, the great clean out the fridge veggie medley couscous was born. Amounts were not included in the ingredient list, as you can do this with literally whatever happens to be inhabiting your crisper. Be creative and likely, you will pleasantly pleased!
Veggie Medley Couscous
Green, white and red onion
Pasilla and jalapeno chiles
Red and yellow pepper
1 cup couscous
1 cup chicken stock (or water)
2 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Parmesan Reggiano cheese
Chop all veggies to desired size. Heat large saute pan with 1 tsp olive oil.
Saute vegetables, and season with salt and pepper. While sauteing, boil chicken stock with 1 tsp olive oil in a lidded sauce pot. Place couscous in boiling chicken stock, stir and remove from heat. Cover couscous and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff couscous and transfer to large serving bowl. Mix in vegetables. Top couscous with chiffonade of basil and fresh grated Parmesan reggiano cheese and serve.
Somehow this side dish was transformed into the main course. This was tasty and the healthy factor was through the roof with the vegetables. Chicken, beef or tofu could be incorporated to add some extra protein and "beef it up" a little more, pun intended. Check out your fridge today to see what forgotten veggies may lurk within, cook, serve and enjoy.