Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Carrot Raisin Couscous

I love eating dishes that are light and healthy this time of year.
Spring is almost here and this dish won't weigh you down and
it is so flavorful. Enjoy.

Carrot Raisin Couscous

1/3 cup port wine or chicken broth
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 package ( 10 ounces ) couscous
2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
4 medium carrots, julienned
1 green onion, sliced
2 to 3 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon molasses

1) In a small saucepan, heat the wine until hot. In a small bowl,
soak raisins in wine for 5 minutes. Drain raisins and reserving
wine.
2) In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon oil
until tender. Stir in couscous. Cook and stir until lightly browned.
Stir in broth, raisins and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and
remove from the heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.
3) In a small skillet, saute carrots in remaining oil until crisp-tender.
Combine the sugar and molasses, reserved wine and salt and pepper.
Stir into carrots and heat through.
4) In a large bowl, combine couscous mixture, green onion, parsley and
carrots. Toss to combine.


30 comments:

  1. Yum! love couscous.. have to try it your way. xo jen

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  2. Please come cook for me. Boy your family eats well.

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  3. Carrots and raisons! Interesting combination, I'll have to try it!

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  4. Looks delish, reminds me of Spring! :)

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  5. I know exactly how you are feeling. I have been eating dishes that are light and fresh. This looks like it is so delicious!

    Angie @ Cocina Diary

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  6. I love cous cous!! this dish reminds me of one of my favorites. I will have to add this to my list! :)

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  7. That is so interesting...amazing how two flavors I would probably not eat together...look so good together! Thanks!

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  8. Josh and I had a very similar salad in Jamaica and LOVED it. Hes usually not a raisin guy, but he thought it was perfect in this mix. Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. We really like couscous in our house, and your recipe sounds like a wonderful way to serve it. I love that it has port in it too, what a lovely flavour that will give it!

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  10. Oh YUM! I love couscous - it's so easy and so good! Always looking for new dishes - gotta try this one for sure!

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  11. Oh wow! What a neat combo! Sounds great!!

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  12. We are crazy for couscous at our house so this one is definitely going to be making an appearance! Yum! Thanks for another great recipe Val~
    Vanesa

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  13. I just love cous cous too...I do find though that cleaning up cous cous after my little Indigo is quite the job! ha

    You coming down to San Diego?

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  14. This does look like the perfect dish to welcome in the spring. It sounds so tasty and the fact that it's also healthy is a big plus.

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  15. this looks so light and fresh! i cant wait to try this and munch on a patio! spring come quick!

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  16. This is a perfect summer side dish. I will have to try it, the raisins make interesting too.

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  17. Wish all of the network of friends have a new start .

    hope you have a great 2011. Thanks for the link, sweetie!
    Titanium Necklaces

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  18. cous cous is yummers! this looks pretty delish!

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  19. I have never tried any version of couscous. I need to branch out! lol
    Looks yummy!
    Hugs!

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  20. I have a box of couscous in my pantry that I've been needing to use up! This sounds awesome!

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  21. We love couscous in our family ~ this looks absolutely delicious!! The carrots and raison sound wonderful in it! Thanks for sharing this Val! Hugs, Courtney

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  22. Ooh...that looks fantastic!!!!!!

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  23. So healthy. I need to start eating better again.

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  24. love couscous...i like the idea of adding raisins.

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  25. Just lettin' you know I made this last night and it was SO GOOD!! Hubbs loved it too! Thanks for the recipe girl :)

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  26. gorgeous! so fitting for spring!

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