Green couscous

so nice, they named it twice!

{ Green Couscous // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Green Couscous + All-Clad // Champagne at Shannon's }

Last night, I made chicken and Israeli couscous. Simple. And it took less than 20 minutes! Love that.

…Well, I am not a simple girl. I am in fact a flavor whore… Seriously. I will load it all up but it’s great because no one steals bites from my plate since it’s either too spicy, or there is too much garlic. Just how I like it.

Now, for my boyfriend, I kept it uber plain – we are polar opposites when it comes to flavour. Light seasoning and a little lemon on the chicken {I used a Greek Spice mix made from Marina Meats aka MY FAVE BUTCHER IN THE WORLD}.

The couscous: I cooked in half chicken broth and half water mixture. Equal parts liquid to couscous {a lil extra liquid won’t hurt a fly though – feel free to add more as it absorbs in the grains}. Easy. If you want to make it vegetarian, use vegetable stock or just water. Easyeasy.

Inspired by the Greek flavours of the chicken, I decided for my couscous, I was going to make it green & sex it up with my new ride or die cooking tip – GREMOLATA

Holla

{ Green Couscous // Champagne at Shannon's }

While the couscous was cooking, I minced up some spinach, kale, parsley, & a shallot.  NOTE: I would of used garlic but the head of garlic I bought was ROTTEN! ugh

I used a lottttt a lot a lot of spinach, kale, & parsley. The greener, the better for me.

Then, I mixed the above with olive oil, lemon juice, red chili flakes, and feta cheese. {to make it Vegan, nix the feta & chicken stock}

Seriously, it’s silly how easy this all was.

{ Green Couscous // Champagne at Shannon's }

And…. that’s the thing! In less than 20 minutes, and honestly $5 bucks, I had such a rad side dish. Now, if I was going to go venture out into the Marina and find carryout, it would have taken me about forty minutes (half of the time wandering around aimlessly deciding wtf I want), quadruple the price, and with no control in what goes into my dish.

TIP: buy bulk, seriously.

…..not to mention that I am one of those who will go grab a salad and then “balance” it out with a side of curly garlic fries. By cooking, it keeps me majorly on track. AND, when I splurge on said garlic fries (I’m literally drooling as I type this thinking about them), it makes it that much more fun instead of having it everyday because I’m stressed or anxious.

The best part, every morning, I wake up just feeling so much better. I no longer feel sick or lethargic and again, not to sound like a psychopath {it’s hard because I am one}, but I strongly believe I made myself so sick by not feeding my body what it needed – including the act of cooking.

SO, a bunch of rambling but literally, this green couscous is the easiest recipe ever and so bomb.

TIP: This is delicious warm and cold, but even better the next day after all the flavours meld together.

Enjoy!

Mediterranean Inspired Green Cous^2

{ Green Couscous // Champagne at Shannon's }

Ingredients :

– Couscous {Israeli or regular}
– Chicken Stock
– Water
– Parsley, minced
– Spinach, minced
– Kale, minced
– Shallot or Garlic, minced
– Feta Cheese
– Olive Oil
– Lemon Juice
– Chili Flakes

Recipe :

  1. In a medium pot, boil chicken stock and water. When boiling, add couscous. Bring to a cover and simmer until liquid evaporates, ~8-10 minutes.
    ›› Optional: Vegetable Broth to make it Vegetarian or Vegan
  2. Meanwhile, as the couscous cooks… mince up parsley, kale, spinach, and shallot until fine. Or do it my way and throw it in a food processor. Easy.
    ›› Optional:  Omit feta to make it Vegan
  3. In a small bowl, add the parsley / kale / spinach / shallot mixture, olive oil, lemon zest & juice, chili flakes, feta &mix with a fork until fully combined. Set aside.
    ›› Optional: Can make ahead and store in an airtight container for one day.
  4. Let couscous cook slightly. Then, stir in gremolata.
  5. Done, son

Enjoy!

On another note, I’m off on an impromptu much needed weekend getaway – you can follow along on snap {un: shnnnlynn} or Insta if you desire 😉

x Shannon

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  1. 4.27.16
    Aubrey said:

    YUM that looks amazing!

    xx. The Coastal Confidence
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    • 5.2.16

      It’s seriously so, so, so good and even better but EASY. It will take less than 15 mins! Major win! 😉 Thanks for reading, babe! x Shannon

  2. 5.2.16

    This look SO delicious, I have been trying to incorporate more dishes like this in my life so thank you for this xo C

    • 5.2.16

      No worries, Courtney! It’s seriously so easy but the best part is that it is SUPER versatile & you can totally make it to your liking! Do share what you make! xx Shannon