This Red Pepper, Onion and Spinach Couscous is made with whole wheat pearl couscous. It is a hardy vegetarian couscous and great for a side dish or meatless main course.
French vs Israeli Couscous
Not all couscous is created equal. I usually cook the French style, which is the very tiny grains. Pearl (also known as Israeli) couscous, is larger, about the size of a BB when cooked. Also keep in mind that most couscous is not whole grain, if it is, it will be clearly marked as whole wheat.
This is the first time I've cooked the whole wheat pearl version, and while I do prefer the French style, it was a nice change.
Is Couscous Gluten Free?
There seems to be a misconception among some people that couscous in gluten free. It is not, it is a form of pasta.
What to Serve with Couscous
This goes great with grilled chicken or blackened salmon. If you want to stick with veggies try Roasted Delicata Squash or Vegetarian Chili. A refreshing glass of Raspberry Iced Tea or a Blue Lagoon Cocktail would be fabulous beverage choices.
Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous with Red Pepper, Sweet Onion and Spinach Recipe
- ½ cup sweet red pepper diced small
- ⅔ cup sweet onion diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 cup whole wheat pearl couscous
- 1 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 ½ - 2 inch sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- Coat wok or non-stick skillet with cooking spray.
- Lightly saute the peppers, onions and garlic.
- Add the couscous, stock,rosemary and bay. Bring up to boil, then reduce to simmer & cover.
- After liquid is absorbed and couscous is soft (about 20 minutes), take off burner and add the spinach. Mix well, to wilt spinach.
- Serve from hot to room temperature.
This looks refreshing. Not a fan of couscous, but this really looks tempting.