Donna's Turkish Couscous With Peppers And Zucchini

Published On: Jun 02 2008 05:33:04 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 02 2008 05:53:59 AM CDT

The complex flavors of a special Turkish seasoning mixture is the secret ingredient for this side dish. Add shrimp or salmon to make it a fantastic Mediterranean meal.

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots 1 large red pepper, thinly sliced 2 small zucchini, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon Penzeys Turkish seasoning mix or see recipe below 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free chicken broth 3/4 cup whole wheat couscous salt and pepper to taste 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped, optional 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, optional

Turkish Seasoning Mix* 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1 teaspoon sharp paprika 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon cayenne red pepper

In a large heavy skillet, heat oil. Add onion and carrots. Cook until onions are translucent. Add pepper, zucchini, garlic, and seasoning mix. Cook 2 -3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth and cook over medium heat for 3 - 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp. Stir occasionally. Add couscous and stir to mix. Remove from heat and tightly cover skillet. Let stand 5 minutes. Remove cover and fluff with a fork. Add additional seasoning mix or salt and pepper to taste. Add chopped tomatoes and fresh mint if desired.

*To prepare spice mixture, combine all spices in a small custard cup.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information per serving:

Calories: 155 Fat, gm.: 3 Protein, gm.: 5 Carbs, gm.: 26 Cholesterol, mg.: 0 Fiber, gm.: 5.8