Curried Maftoul with Broccoli

Last week I purchased some uncooked couscous for the first time.  I usually just get the already-made-couscous-salad from the deli, but I wanted to try making it myself from scratch.

 

I purchased the “Ziyad Brand All Natural Middle Eastern Couscous” because it had an interesting recipe on the box that I wanted to try out (Curried Maftoul).   Note: I am sure it would taste just as good if you used a different brand of couscous (just in case you can’t find this brand).

I have to say, it was pretty delicious!  Which is why I am sharing it with you.  I think you will like this tasty, healthy, and filling dish just as much as we did!

Ingredients (straight from the box):

  • 1 and 1/3 cup of vegetable broth (organic)
  • 1 cup of Ziyad Maftoul
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of small broccoli florets (organic)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped red onion (note: I just used an organic yellow onion because I didn’t have red)
  • 1/3 cup of shredded carrot (organic)
  • 1/4 cup of raisins (organic)
  • 1/4 cup of toasted almond halves or slivered
  • 15 oz. of organic Chick Peas/Garbanzo beans (drained)

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar (I used Braggs raw apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (organic)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (I used a little bit less than a tablespoon of raw agave)
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon of Curry Powder

Directions:

  1. Bring broth to boil and add maftoul, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Simmer for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Stir on occasion so it doesn’t burn at the bottom.
  4. Make the dressing.
  5. In a large bowl, pour in the cooked maftoul, the rest of the ingredients, and the dressing.
  6. Mix together and serve.

Chocolate Avocado Green Smoothie (Raw)

Here is another healthy smoothie idea.  Instead of using the traditional banana to create a rich and smooth texture for the smoothie, today I used an avocado instead.  Both are delicious, but the avocado makes it a bit thicker, which I like, but if you are not a fan of thick smoothies, just add more coconut water and ice.

Ingredients:

(serves 3 to 4 people)

  • 1 avocado
  • 3 to 4 cups of kale
  • 1 cup of mixed fruit (I used one peeled and seeded orange and 1/2 cup of mixed berries: black berries, blueberries, and raspberries.)
  • 1.5 to 2 cups of coconut water
  • 4 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds
  • 1 large carrot (optional)
  • 5 dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup of ice

Directions:

Place all ingredients in your vitamix blender and blend until you have no lumps.