Spicy Southwestern Couscous

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total: 25 min.
Couscous is a quick-cooking grain made from wheat. Most often it’s prepared with Moroccan or Mediterranean spices, but here it’s paired with fresh cilantro for Southwestern flavor.


  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 serrano chile pepper, stemmed
  • 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt*
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups couscous
  • 2 scallions, diced


  • In a food processor or blender, puree tomatoes, garlic, chile pepper, oil, cilantro, lime juice and salt.
  • Bring water to a boil and add couscous. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Add pureed ingredients to couscous and top with scallions.

* Allergy notes: People following a corn-free diet should avoid iodized salt since it contains dextrose, which should be avoided by those allergic to corn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 167
  Calories from Fat 23 (14%)
(4%)Total Fat 3g
(2%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(7%)Sodium 167mg
(5%)Potassium 188mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
(10%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(10%)Protein 5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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