Monday, June 20, 2011

Prepare Today Homemade- Black Bean & Couscous Salad

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Cooking in the summer is hard because you don't want to heat up your kitchen.  This recipe is easy, fast and good for you!  Eating the beans with the couscous makes a complete protein, which is great for a meatless meal. 

Image credit:  allrecipes.com
Black Bean & Couscous Salad (from allrecipes.com)
1 C uncooked couscous (buy it at Winco in the bulk area and seal in jars with a food saver!!) 
1 1/4 C chicken broth
3 T oil
2 T lime juice
1 t red wine vinegar
1/2 t ground cumin
8 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 C cilantro
1 C frozen or canned corn
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
salt and pepper to taste

Bring chicken broth to a boil and stir in the couscous.  Cover the pot and remove from heat.  Let stand 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil,lime juice, vinegar, and cumin.  Add green onions, red pepper, cilantro, corn and beans.  Toss to coat.

Fluff the couscous well with a fork.  Add to the bowl with the veggies and mix well.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve.

We love this with tortillas or pita chips.  Add a salad and fruit and you have a light, easy dinner during the heat of summer! 

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