Couscous Marrakech

Couscous Marrakech

Serves 8

This simple couscous dish combines dried fruits and nuts with an earthy blend of Moroccan spices. A delicious accompaniment to seasoned meats, fish, vegetables or a Moroccan tagine. Serve freshly steamed or warmed up the next day.

Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 dried black mission figs, diced
  • 5 dried apricots, diced
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 1/2 cup couscous
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Dressing
  • 2 lemons, Juice of
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
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Method: 

Place 2 cups of water in pot along with figs, apricots and raisins and heat to a boil. While water is coming to a boil, place couscous in a bowl with turmeric, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix couscous until it is well coated with olive oil. After water comes to a boil, remove dried fruits and set aside. Add water to the couscous and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to steam for 15 minutes.

While couscous is steaming, prepare dressing by combining lemon juice, orange juice, olive oil, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk until well combined.

When couscous is done, flake with a fork until all grains are fluffed and separated. Add dried fruits, red and yellow peppers, onion, nuts and cilantro. Pour in dressing. Gently mix together with a large serving spoon until all ingredients and dressing are well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if need be.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:410 calories (180 from fat), 20g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 17g sugar), 7g protein
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