July 14, 2010

EASY & TASTY Peasant Dinner

I realize a lot of the food I make is kind of like peasant food.  I hate to throw away food in my fridge just because I don't have enough of something to make an entire dish just with that item.  This dish came together because I had small amounts of a lot of different food.  If I didn't use them up they were sure to go bad.  In a way it's like a European stir fry.  Even better the second day - cold!

Israeli cous cous
1 cup chicken stock
1 red onion loosely chopped
lots of garlic chopped - about 5 cloves
1 ear of corn cut off the cob (or frozen if you have it)
1 can of beans - I used red but any would work
1 package mushrooms
1/2 package spinach
tomatoes chopped rough -  1 or 2 depending on taste
olives - whatever you have pitted kalamata or black
lots of fresh herbs chopped - basil, parsley, oregano and chives
chopped cheese  - I used mozzarella but feta would have been great

-cook cous cous according to instructions (I cook mine with chicken stock, olive oil & 1 clove garlic)
-sauté garlic and onion until caramelized over medium heat
-toss in mushrooms until wilted
-toss in herbs & everything else except tomatoes, beans and cheese - let the spinach wilt
-turn off heat add remainder of ingredients and serve over cous cous
so easy and so full of flavor!


  1. This really makes me want to make some cous cous! I think I'll try your recipe for dinner. Thanks!

  2. I love Israeli cous cous and I think this dish would be perfect for dinner:-) and yes another way to use up my herbs!

  3. YUM i am sending this to my chef [aka boyfriend] right now! i had israeli cous cous at this amazing mediterranean restaurant called balaboosta and i am still dreaming about it.

  4. I create so many dishes this way, throwing together small amounts of all kinds of different foods.
    your "peasant dinner" just looks delicious, I've never had Israeli cous cous, I'll look for it next time I'm shopping.