Easy Cooking

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

A good way to use the cherry tomatoes from the garden.  My cherry tomato fruit bowl:  blueberry, black cherry, lemon drop, and sungold.
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/3 cups couscous
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (scallion)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups chopped peeled cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons chopped freh mint leaves or 1 tablespoon dried mint
  • 1 (15oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers or pimentos from a jar, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Materials
  • Medium saucepan
  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Fork
  • Big spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
Instructions
1.  In a saucepan, bring the chicken broth and garlic to a boil.
2.  Add the couscous; stir, remove from heat, and cover for 7 minutes.  Fluff with a fork, and transfer to a large bowl.  Add the green onion, parsley, cucumber, mint, beans, tomato, roasted pepper, and olives to the couscous, mixing well.
3.  In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, and paprika, and toss with the couscous mixture.  Add the Feta, if desired.  Season with the salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately, or refrigerate.
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While you enjoy this healthy dish, take a few moments to check out my new novel Starter Zone, which will be launching on September 25.

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When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail. Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.

Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.

Time to play the game.

 

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