Herbed Couscous Pilaf

I adapted this recipe I found in the October 2010 issue of Cooking Light that was healthy, flavorful, and delicious.  This recipe is extremely quick and simple to make – which is perfect for a busy week night.  I served this couscous with chicken and roasted veggies for a delicious and healthy meal.  We all, kids included, loved this couscous pilaf.

Heat the garlic olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the minced shallot and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.  Add the couscous and cook stirring often for 2 minutes.  Add the chicken broth, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes.  Add the fresh parsley and chives then fluff with a fork.  Taste and add more seasonings if needed.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Herbed Couscous Pilaf

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tsp garlic olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1/2 cup of whole wheat couscous
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped

Directions:

Heat the garlic olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the minced shallot and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes. Add the couscous and cook stirring often for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the fresh parsley and chives then fluff with a fork. Taste and add more seasonings if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light - October 2010 issue

 

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22 Responses to “Herbed Couscous Pilaf”

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    Stephanie — March 21, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    Wow looks really great …will try it for a dinner with some friends… sure they will like it !!!
    xxx
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    Hari Chandana — March 22, 2012 @ 12:14 am

    Yummy !!
    Indian Cuisine

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 22, 2012 @ 2:07 am

    Loving the quick and healthiness of this meal! Btw, your utensil is absolutely adorable.

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    Kim in MD — March 22, 2012 @ 4:49 am

    Couscous is so quick and delicious, and I don’t know why I don’t make it more often! This looks so good, Pam. I love that you used whole wheat couscous. I need to make a trip to TJ’s to purchase some to make this recipe!

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    FarmgirlCyn (Cindy) — March 22, 2012 @ 4:59 am

    I love how fast couscous comes together! Perfect side dish, or I have tossed in leftover bits of chicken for a main dish. A light lemon and olive oil dressing, and it is the perfect summertime meal!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — March 22, 2012 @ 5:31 am

    You just reminded me that I need to pick up couscous this weekend!! Thank you :) This dish sounds lovely.. simple and delicious!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — March 22, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    p.s… I made your Italian Goulash.. it was DA BOMB! I have it posted today on my blog :)

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    Peggy Recker — March 22, 2012 @ 5:56 am

    This sounds great. I’m looking forward to cooking again after Norm gets home next week.

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    rosita — March 22, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Me encanta el couscous un plato perfecto y delicioso,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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    Beth — March 22, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    That looks delicious, and you’ve reminded me that we haven’t had couscous in a while. We all love it too!

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    Mary — March 22, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    It is a lovely recipe. I always try to keep couscous in the pantry. It cooks so quickly that it should be subtitled the workingwoman’s friend. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Namitha — March 22, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Love couscous and this pilaf is so full of flavors ! Such a healthy meal,perfect for my dinner

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    Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet — March 22, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    This looks so simple yet so delightful! Very nice dish for war weather.

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    Marjie — March 22, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Looks like a great side dish!

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    gloria — March 22, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    Look delicious I love cous cous! Pam

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    Joanne — March 22, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    I love a good couscous pilaf…so easy to throw together and quick to cook! This sounds great!

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — March 22, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Looks so good! We love couscous, yours looks delicious. I love a simple delicious recipe.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — March 22, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    This sounds healthy and delicious. A great side dish!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 23, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Quick, healthy and tasty!

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    Chris — March 23, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    Great and this would go with so many main courses. Looks great Pam!

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    Louise — March 24, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    Can I substitute Quinoa? I bought quinoa at B.J.’s and I need to figure what dishes it can be added to?

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    • Steph replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

      I always replace couscous with quinoa!!!
      Cup for cup Quinoa takes Longer to cook (15-20 mins) so just allow for that.
      Also remember to rinse your quinoa thoroughly or else there will be a bitter taste!

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