Sundried Tomato and Garlic Couscous

by Kris on March 28, 2012

If I had to choose one food I could not live without, I’d have to pick couscous. I love everything about it; the flavor, the texture, and especially how quick it is to prepare. It’s like making minute rice without the shame! In college I lived off couscous. There was always a bowl of couscous salad sitting in my fridge. I never got sick of it. Never!

The second runner up for my favorite food would have to be my mum’s baked brie. She tops the soft cheese with a mixture of roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes, and green onions. So simple, but incredibly delicious. She makes it every Christmas and the moment it pops out of the oven it seems to disappear.

Now that I am experimenting with a dairy free diet, brie cheese is something I can only dream about. In many ways, what I love the most about my mum’s baked brie is actually the toppings.

The other night my fridge was looking a little desolate and I found myself struggling for dinner ideas. Typically on a night like this I would make some form of pasta with cheese. Not eating dairy ruled out a lot of my usual last minute meals and I began to pull things out of the pantry and fridge hoping for some inspiration.

I had couscous, sundried tomatoes, green onions, and garlic. That’s when it hit me, make couscous with the flavors of mum’s brie!! Honestly, I have fallen in love with this dish. It’s so simple and takes less than ten minutes to throw together. I ate it with a side salad and some grilled tempeh. It was incredible.

This is also a great side dish as it is so quick, you can focus your time on the main entree. It’s a nice change from rice or potatoes. You can eat it hot or cold, and add an array of vegetables as well. Most importantly, it’s a vegan dish that you forget is vegan.

What is your go to weeknight meal?

Sundried Tomato and Garlic Couscous

  • ¾ cup couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pot, bring one cup of water to a boil. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and ½ teaspoon of salt to the water. Stir in couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.

In a small skillet, heat remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add green onions and sundried tomatoes; sauté for about two minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds to one minute.

Fluff couscous with a fork and stir in the sundried tomato mixture. Sprinkle with oregano, basil and onion powder. Drizzle the couscous with lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm or cold.

Serves 2-4

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Vicky March 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

I love couscous. My favorite recipe right now is couscous with sun-dried tomatoes, basil or spinach, feta, and artichoke hearts – so good and I’m sure it would be even better with the addition of your spice combination!


Kris March 29, 2012 at 11:32 am

Yum! Next time I’ll try adding some artichoke hearts. By the way, your Dutch crunch bread looks incredible! Every time I visit the Bay Area I always get a sandwich on Dutch crunch. I’m excited to try making it at home!


Vicky March 30, 2012 at 7:14 am

Thanks! I highly recommend it! It really was delicious (and I don’t even eat/like bread that much)!


Kris April 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I’ve got all the ingredients ready, just need to find some time. Hopefully this weekend!


Healthiful Balance March 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I havent had couscous in a while. But after seeing this recipe, I really want some! :)


Kris April 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm

It’s definitely on of my favorites. :)


Lorelei March 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

This looks so so good, I love cous cous and am always looking for new things to mix in. I just stumbled upon your blog from an apartmenttherapy link and I see a few more recipes below that I’m going to have to try out too… :)


Kris April 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Thanks and welcome to my blog! Stay in touch!


Leslie W April 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

This sounds so great! Thanks for sharing!


Kris April 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm



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