You can serve this as a side dish and a meatless entrée. Either way, people love the combination of ingredients.
1 cup uncooked couscous
2 cups small fresh broccoli florets
1 cup julienned carrots
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated (white) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dry roasted cashews, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, optional
Cook couscous according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, cook the broccoli, carrots and water on HIGH for 1 minute; drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the couscous and onions.
Combine the vinegar, oil, sugar, ginger and salt; pour over couscous mixture and stir gently to coat. Stir in cashews and garbanzo beans. Gently fold in feta if desired.
Preparation/Total Time: 20 minutes
Amount per serving (3/4 cup): 247 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 232 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein.