Tuesday, March 3, 2009

On My Hearth: Turkish Vegetable Stew with Israeli Couscous

We visited Josh's Organic Market again this past Sunday, gathered up a bunch of tasty veggies which will go into this tasty stew!

Turkish Vegetable Stew with Israeli Couscous

POINTS® Value: 8
Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 25 min
Cooking Time: 20 min
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This exotic, meatless main dish is sure to become a favorite. It’s served over Israeli couscous, a pea-sized form of pasta.

1 cup(s) uncooked couscous, Israeli or toasted variety
1 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 medium raw eggplant, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
1 medium yellow pepper(s), cut in 1-inch chunks
15 oz canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
14 1/2 oz canned tomatoes, diced, with roasted garlic
1/2 cup(s) water
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup(s) scallion(s), sliced
1/3 cup(s) dill, fresh, chopped
1/2 cup(s) pot cheese, or crumbled fat-free feta cheese

* To make couscous, bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add couscous. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until couscous is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of oil.

* While couscous cooks, make stew. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggplant; cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add zucchini and yellow pepper; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

* Stir in garbanzo beans, tomatoes, water, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in scallions and dill.

* To serve, spoon a scant 3/4 cup of couscous onto each of 4 serving plates or bowls and top each with 1 1/2 cups of stew. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of cheese and serve.

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