My recipe in my Hungry Husky column in the Daily Campus if for this vegetarian cous cous….

This simple recipe has become a staple meal in my vegetarian diet. One of the hardest issues that arises from drastically changing your diet is making sure you continue to get the nutrition you need from alternative sources of food. Where this becomes difficult, especially for me, is creating meals that are balanced and provide your body what it needs. Whereas in a meat based diet, you may have the “meat” of the meal be a chicken, fish, or steak, I was faced with finding what would become my own “meat” in my meals. This is how I came to find out about grains such as bulghur wheat, quinoa, and cous cous. Cous cous has become my favorite because it has a great texture and also absorbs well the flavor of any food you mix with it. So here is the recipe for my favorite vegetarian cous cous dish.

Serves 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 yellow onion

3 to 4 garlic cloves

4 baby bella mushrooms

2 handfuls of spinach

1.5 cups of cous cous

3 cups of water

The finished cous cous!

First you need to do all of your prep work. Start by chopping the yellow onion. Then chop finely the garlic. Wash your mushrooms and then slice into bite size pieces. Wash your two handfuls of spinach and then chop into bite size pieces as well.

Now that all of your prep work is done, you can set a pot to boil with three cups of water for your cous cous. While you wait for that to boil, splash some olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. When that warms, you should add the garlic and onion and wait for the onions to turn translucent. When the onions do turn translucent, add in the mushrooms. At this point, your water should now be boiling. Add your cous cous to the boiling water and turn the heat down to low while you simmer the cous cous covered for about five minutes or until all water has evaporated.

Go back to your garlic, onions and mushrooms in the sauté pan. Cook until the garlic, onion and mushroom mixture looks browned. At this point, you can add your spinach to the sauté pan. Note you may need to add some additional olive oil to your sauté pan. Cook spinach for no more than five minutes. Now simply add your garlic, onion, mushroom and spinach mixture to your finished cous cous.

Mix and serve immediately!

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