Couscous with stir-fried vegetables and basil

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10 min


17 min


5 servings

Couscous with stir-fried vegetables and basil

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A more attractive side dish would be hard to find. Keep this recipe in mind for barbecue season – it goes beautifully with grilled chicken, veggie burgers, fish or lamb.


  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth , or bouillon
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 cups sliced mixed vegetables , such as celery, carrots and zucchini
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil
  • 2 to 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice , or lemon juice


  • Place broth in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave, uncovered, until boiling, about 2 minutes. Or boil broth in a saucepan. Then stir in couscous and apricots. Cover and set aside until couscous is tender, at least 5 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice onions.
  • Heat oil in a wide non-stick frying pan set over medium heat. Add garlic and mixed vegetables. Stir-fry until done as you like, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle vegetables with paprika and cayenne, then stir until evenly distributed. Remove from heat. Stir in basil. Stir 2 tablespoons (30 mL) lime juice and onions into couscous. Taste and add more lime juice and a pinch of salt, if needed. Serve vegetables on top of couscous.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 204,
  • Protein
  • 7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.7 g,
  • Fat
  • 2.5 g,
  • Fibre
  • 3.9 g,
  • Sodium
  • 238 mg.