Speedy Mediterranean Vegetable Couscous

After buying ready prepared dried Mediterranean Vegetable Couscous for a while I realised that it was a piece of cake to make my own and far more economical and more nutritious.  It was also a way of getting my family more interested in eating their pan fried salmon steaks which for years they’d had with boiled new potatoes and vegetables.  Now I serve them with Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce and the Mediterranean Vegetable Couscous which goes down a treat.  No more bored faces!  You can of course serve this side dish with any meat or fish of your own choice.

Fry the vegetables while the couscous is “cooking”.

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Speedy Mediterranean Vegetable Couscous
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A speedy one pan wonder of a side dish - Mediterranean vegetables and couscous, a very tasty combination.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
  • 200g / 9oz Couscous
  • 275 ml / 10floz Vegetable/chicken stock or water
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 Red onion, finely chopped
  • Large handful button mushrooms, quartered
  • Large handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. Soften the onion and garlic for 5 minutes on a low heat, stirring regularly.
  2. Make up the couscous by pouring on the boiling hot stock and leaving covered for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes and green pepper and fry stirring continually until the mushroom start to colour – about 5 minutes.
  4. Fluff the couscous with a fork and add to the vegetables, mixing well.
  5. Season and serve with meat or fish.
This dish is equally good using courgettes, aubergine, red peppers or whatever suitable vegetables you have in your fridge and the quantities really are up to you. I make this dish regularly with whatever I have available on the day.

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  1. Lisa Williams

    Thank you for this I am in need of some speedy dishes to have in my arsenal everything is so chaotic at this time of year 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I know the feeling Lisa!

  2. Martina Evans

    Such a lovely recipe, I would love to give this a try!

  3. Paul Wilson

    Looks like an excellent, healthy meal for when you’re in a rush.

    1. Camilla

      Yes Paul you’re right!

  4. Mark King

    who knew you were supposed to cook the cous cous separately ?

  5. Jane Davies

    This looks lovely, love a bit of couscous ! Will be giving this one a go xxx

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jane:-)

  6. Julie Davies

    I love cous cous. I will try this.

  7. Maya Russell

    Looks so delicious. Very easy to make too, thanks.

  8. Ursula Hunt

    going to eat more couscous this year instead of potatoes

    1. Camilla

      Good idea:-)

  9. Irene Wright

    Brilliant recipe. Like you, I have been buying ready made couscous but now I have found your recipe, I will try it.

  10. Paul Wilson

    Looks delicious

  11. Carolyn Clapham

    I made this last night, following your recipe exactly as regards the veg, and we loved it. So much so that my plan to have enough left for tonight failed – between the two of us we ate almost all of it. There was only a little bit left which I’ve had for my lunch.

    1. Camilla

      So glad you like it:-)

  12. Carolyn Clapham

    Mmm, that sounds lovely. I’ll be making it as soon as possible.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, just chuck in whatever you have (within reason)!

  13. Ursula Hunt

    Gorgeous to add to a salad

  14. LondonBirdLucy

    This looks really delicious, will be trying this later. thank you

    1. Camilla

      Great, hope you enjoy it:-)

  15. Ursula Hunt

    Great speedy recipe I love food with a Mediterranean influence

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s been made a lot here!

  16. Paul Wilson

    Excellent. I’m looking for more things to do with cous cous

  17. Tracy Nixon

    This sounds lovely! I only tried couscous about a year ago and really like it as an alternative to rice!

    1. Camilla

      Yes it’s nice to have a change:-)

  18. Ursula Hunt

    Very healthy and colourful

  19. Jayne Sullivan

    So simple to make. A chance to use that cous cous that has been in the stock cupboard for a while too.

  20. Lisa Williams

    looks delicious I am just coming around to couscous after some bad experiences but this looks brilliant

  21. prwilson

    Speedy, healthy, tasty – that’s everything I look for in a meal.

  22. Heather Haigh

    I do like a nice change in accompaniments, thank you for this.

    1. Camilla

      Yes it’s so simple and you can just throw what you have in your fridge into it:-)

  23. Annie Costa

    Delish!I’ve tried your recipe with carrots&mixed peppers(as that’s what I had at the bottom of my fridge)any veg goes with this!

  24. Mark Whittaker

    Made this on Monday , it was great. I always have problems getting flavour into couscous , resorting to raisins or tabasco as a lazy cheat,, but this was easy and so tasty

  25. Tracy Alder-Ashwin

    Thank you I am going to try this, you’ve made it look so easy I know I can do it too.

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