Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Great Summer Night Dinner

There are some recipes that literally cause me to salivate while reading them. Anything with a good cheese, or roasted garlic, chili peppers, bacon and of course, almost any dessert recipe.

This recipe did not cause any initial salivation. In fact, when I first read this recipe of my mom's a long time ago, I thought, "how could this be tasty?" But as a teen my mom made this regularly and it is now a Sweet Pea household favorite. It is simple, fast, vegetarian and super-tasty. Bonus: it contains two ingredients that in my mommy experience, many sweet peas will eat: pasta and broccoli.

If you have someone with a nut allergy or a little wee one that needs to steer clear, add the cashews when serving.

Lemon Dill Couscous with Cashews

3 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat (or regular) couscous
2 onions, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
3 cups of broccoli, cut into little florets
4 t dried dill
1 t ground black pepper
2 cups tomato, chopped
2 cups celery, diced
juice from 4 lemons
1 c fresh parsley, minced
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c water
1 cup cashew pieces
salt to taste*

Combine couscous and water, cover and set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the 1 T olive oil, onion and garlic. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add the broccoli, dill and black pepper and cook for about 5-6 minutes or until broccoli is tender. Remove from heat and let cool.

Place the celery and tomatoes in a large bowl. Mix in the lemon juice, parsley, olive oil and water, stirring to incorporate and coat the veggies. Add the couscous and broccoli mixture, toss and add cashews.

*If your cashews are salted, chances are they will add enough salt to the recipe. But taste and see...

Sweet Eats,


Anonymous said...

I'll eat anything with cashews in it!

JerseyBaby said...

Likewise, cashews are my second favorite after pistachios! Last time I tried couscous with the kids, they weren't fans, but I'm totally game for trying again with a new SP recipe!

Meg said...

This recipe looks delicious. I might try it with some other grains.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this recipe! I made it last night (minus parsley and with only 3 lemons, because they were big!) and it was very good. My husband and I both loved it and even got our 3 year old to take a few bites. I love that it has so many veggies and is so yummy!