Couscous with Pine Nuts and Currants

By thesinglebite
July 5, 2011
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Author Notes: This side dish is super easy to make yet seems sophisticated. I created this recipe in an attempt to duplicate a delicious couscous Whole Foods had in their prepared foods section. I used this Food Network recipe to adapt from and made it healthier and vegetarian (also vegan!) by using whole wheat couscous, vegetable broth, and Earth Balance vegan butter. thesinglebite

Makes: 2 cups

  • 2 teaspoons vegan butter (like Earth Balance)
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup couscous (preferably whole wheat)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add chopped shallot and simmer for about 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times.
  2. Add vegetable broth and bring to boil.
  3. Once boiling remove from heat and add couscous. Give it a quick stir and cover. Let it sit covered for 10 minutes.
  4. While it's sitting toast pine nuts. Put the pine nuts in a small pan and cook over low-medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, until the nuts are fragrant. Shake the pan around a few times too.
  5. Lastly, add the pine nuts and currants to the couscous and stir to combine everything.

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