Fruit and Almond Couscous
OK, by this point you've probably eaten enough chocolate—especially in the form of bunnies and eggs—to last for at least a week, so today we're delving into the non-chocolate desserts. This simple couscous dish, from VN contributor Kathy Hunt, is so easy that it can hardly be called cooking. But wait, there's more. It's also incredibly delicious, so anyone you serve it to will think of you as a culinary wunderkind. That's what we call a win-win.
Serves 4What You Need:
1 cup + 2 tablespoons water
1 cup couscous
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dates, chopped
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 tablespoon non-hydrogenated margarine
1/4 cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup
Cinnamon for dusting
What You Do:
1. In a medium saucepan, boil the water. Add the couscous, raisins, dates, and apricots. Cover the saucepan and remove from heat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, combine cooked couscous and margarine. Rake your fingers through the couscous, loosening the grains and incorporating the margarine with the fruit.
3. Pour in the maple syrup and gently stir. Add the toasted almonds and blend again. Dust the top with cinnamon and serve.
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