Last week a lovely person from Co-op Food messaged me on Twitter and asked if I would like to receive a recipe box. Of course I wanted to be involved. Who turns down free food? I never thought to ask what was in this recipe box though...Eek!
The box arrived towards the end of last week and I was quite surprised in what was in it.....
There was everything there to make Roasted vegetable couscous. At first this worried me. This looked like fancy food.....I have never cooked a courgette & I have made couscous once and I don't think it went right as it tasted like wet cardboard....
Thankfully the recipe instructions were on the Now Cook It website which simplified everything. Now Cook It is a simple online cooking course, where anyone can learn the basic techniques at their own convenience and pace. The course is completely free and available to anyone with access to the internet.
For Roasted Vegetable Couscous you will need:
1 red onion (or white)
1 red pepper
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp dried oregano
2 plum tomatoes
½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
The recipe is so simple although I did get stuck when it came to deseeding the pepper....Doh! In my defence I buy bags of frozen chopped peppers. There was a handy video showing me what to do which came to my rescue.....
I chopped all the veg and the lemon as instructed and gave it a drizzle of olive oil....I had watched the video of the men making it and saw them sprinkle something on it at this stage....I got a bit carried away and put the ground coriander and dried oregano on.....Nope I was wrong. I was supposed to season with salt & pepper....The herbs were supposed to be added to the couscous later....Oops. I suppose it doesn't matter though. It all goes down the same hole. lol I put it in the oven to cook!
I then got on with making the couscous....I followed the instructions word for word and I think it turned out well.....Last time I made couscous I didn't put clingflim on the bowl. I think that made the difference.....
When the veggies were done I got them out of the oven and they smelled amazing!! Then it came to squeezing the lemon halves over the couscous....They were supposed to be squeezed through a sieve to catch the pips....I couldn't find ours and the tongs, I couldn't find them either....I used a tea towed and picked the pips out....hehehe
I mixed the roasted veg with the couscous and added the tomatoes.....I didn't add the cucumber because Ellie hates it and it took a lot of convincing from me that the courgette wasn't cucumber....I didn't want to push my luck.
I dished it up and ta-da it was done! It looked fancy and the kids loved it!! They have asked for it again which is a good sign.
Roasted vegetable couscous is something I would have never have thought about making....I thought I didn't like couscous but I do when it it made like this! Now I can see me making this again and it making it's way onto my meal plan in the future....
Looking at the Now Cook It website I have already found some recipes which I want to try...I am actually cooking the Sausage Carbonara tonight!
We were sent the everything to make roasted vegetable couscous free of charge but I was not asked to write this blog post.....