Roasted Garlic Couscous with Tomatoes, Dill, Onion, and Spinach

I don’t normally share a lot of personal stuff on my blog… I am not sure why because I am usually an open book.  I found out this week that my cat has cancer and it’s only a matter of time before I will need to put her to sleep so she doesn’t suffer.  I am devastated by this news. She has been a loyal and wonderful cat for nearly 14 years and I find myself so terribly depressed at the thought of her not being around for much longer.  She has been kind, funny, stubborn, loving, and so very loyal.  Please send good thoughts to my Casey girl … Thank you!

Cuddling with Casey while reading today… photo taken by my daughter

 

On with the recipe:

I made this side dish to go with the Salmon with Garlic, Lemon, and Dill I made for dinner last night.  I was going to use plain couscous but when I searched my pantry I only found a roasted garlic couscous so I used that instead.  This recipe couldn’t be more simple (which is good because I really don’t feel like cooking right now).  I prepared the couscous per the instructions then I added diced tomatoes, red onion, chopped spinach, and fresh dill.  It was a light, flavorful, and delicious side dish that paired wonderfully with the salmon.

Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil then add the couscous. Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes or until couscous is starting to get golden brown.  Add the water or broth then prepare the couscous per instructions.  Side Note: If you want the couscous to be more flavorful use chicken  broth instead of water.

Once the couscous has finished cooking, fluff with a fork then toss in the tomatoes, red onion, spinach, and dill.  Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Stir until well combined.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Roasted Garlic Couscous with Tomatoes, Dill, Onion, and Spinach

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 5 min.

Total Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

1 tsp of olive oil
1 box of Roasted Garlic couscous, prepared per instructions (use broth to cook for more flavor)
1/4 cup of grape tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp red onion, diced (soak in cold water if they are too strong in flavor)
2 tbsp baby spinach, chopped
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil then add the couscous. Cook, stirring often, for 1-2 minutes or until couscous is starting to get golden brown. Add the water or broth then prepare the couscous per instructions.
Side note: If you want it to be more flavorful use chicken broth instead of water.

Once the couscous has finished cooking, fluff with a fork then toss in the tomatoes, red onion, spinach, and dill. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Stir until mixed well. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net