Mediterranean Couscous Bowl Recipe
Hello everyone! We just cooked a Mediterranean couscous bowl recipe that turned out amazing. This recipe is definitely worthy of our best vegan meals on this website.
We were inspired to make this recipe when we went to CAVA. It is a popular U.S. fast food chain that specializes in Mediterranean food. So we figured we would give it a try at home. Because, who wouldn’t want CAVA at home?
We have a how to video below that explains how to make this recipe from start to finish. We also have the written recipe down below and if you want to by pass all of the written jargon on this post then click the jump to recipe button at the top of this post. Enjoy eveyone!
Kitchen Products Used
Stainless Steel Cookware
This recipe was really simple. I only needed a small pot to cook the couscous in and a smal pan to cook the onions and tomatoes.
We love using stainless steel here at quick, easy vegan. We strongly feel that it is the safest material to cook with.
If you have any questions about cooking with stainless steel then check out this post we made by clicking here.
Is Couscous on the Mediterranean Diet?
The answer is yes. Couscous is a very popular Mediterranean grain.
The Mediterranean area loves unrefined grains such as couscous.
They also probably love it for the health benefits it possesses.
I will talk more about the health benefits later on in this post. Keep reading to find out 🙂
Can You Eat Couscous on a Plant Based Diet?
Of course! Couscous is 100% vegan. No animal products in this grain.
What is the Difference Between Israeli Couscous and Regular Couscous?
I wasn’t even aware there was a difference in couscous until I did this post but there is a major difference.
Israeli couscous has always been produced by a machine. This means that all the couscous has the same size and shape. They are also more chewy and soft in texture.
True couscous is not all the same size. They are also much smaller then Israeli couscous.
Lastly, it looks like a lot of Israeli couscous is toasted to bring out more flavor before mass productions.
I don’t know about you but I think all I have ever used was Israeli couscous. I am now going to be on the look out for true couscous.
Is Couscous Healthier Than Rice?
Couscous has more nutrients and a higher density of nutrients compared to rice.
Does this make it healthier? Well that depends on the person and what they are trying to get out of the food itself.
If you are looking for more carbohydrates and calories then you might consider rice a healthier option.
However, there is no denying how amazing couscous can be for us.
Couscous is high in selenium which is an essential mineral and a powerful antioxidant that helps us repair damaged cells.
Selenium also helps us with keeping inflammation down.
Couscous is also a great source of fiber. Fiber helps us with digestion which in turn helps us to regulate our weight. Rice is not as high with fiber compared to couscous.
So all in all, I would lean with couscous being a more nutritious substitute for rice.
Couscous Salad or Lunch Bowl!
Have you ever heard or been to CAVA. It is a popular U.S. fast food chain that really shouldn’t be classified as fast food.
It is basically the Mediterranean Chipotle. When you go there you can get a Mediterranean bowl and put a lot of different vegetables in your bowl.
Couscous is one of those ingredients. You can also add a lot of salad to these bowls.
This brings me to a really great meal option for couscous. The couscous salad. It is a great way to add more nutrition and taste to your salad.
The other thing to do with couscous is to make our Mediterranean couscous bowl recipe and put it in the fridge the night before and take it to work with you the next day.
This would make a great lunch bowl and would taste great cold. You should try it out.
Mediterranean Couscous Bowl Recipe
- Stainless Steel Cookware, Utility Knife, Paring Knife,
- 2 Cups Couscous
- 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- 1 Red Onion Julienne
- 15 Grape Tomatoes
- 10 Cucumber slices
- ½ Cup Pinenuts Toasted
- 1 Cup Hummus
- 6-8 Artichoke Hearts
- ½ Cup Olives
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- Fresh Mint and Basil to taste
- ½ Cup Tahini
- ½ Cup Lemon Juice
- 2 Garlic cloves pressed
- 2-3 Tablespoons Cold Water
- 1 Teaspoon Paprika
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- Prep all of the Vegetables.
- Now boil the Broth and Couscous and then let simmer once it has reached a boil. Cook just like you were making rice.
- Now saute the Onion and Tomatoes in a pan with a Tablespoon of Olive Oil at medium low heat until they are soft. Once done cooking, set them aside.
- Now make your Tahini sauce by adding in all of the Tahini ingredients into a bowl WITHOUT the cold water. Whisk those ingredients together until they are combined well.
- After you are done whisking those ingredients together, now add in 1 Tablespoon of Cold Water at a time into the Tahini mixture and whisk together. The more Tablespoons of Cold Water you add, the more runny the sauce will become. So make to your desired thickness.
- Now construct your bowl. Put the Couscous in the bowl first, and then place all of your vegetables neatly on top of the couscous. Lastly, sprinkle the pine nuts over top and drizzle the Tahini sauce wherever you please. Enjoy!
Want More Mediterranean Recipes?
If you watched the video above, then you saw that we have 5 other Mediterranean recipes on our site.
We really enjoyed making that YouTube video with all of these flavorful Mediterranean dishes.
If you want to check out those recipes as well as other quick, easy and vegan recipes then click the link below.
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