Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Couscous with Asparagus, Snow Peas and Radishes

from Vegetarian Times Magazine

Serves 6 as a side

1/2 pound asparagus, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 pound snow peas, sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch strips (about 1 cup)
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
3 2-inch strips lemon zest
1 10 oz. package couscous
3 radishes, thinly sliced(about 1/3 cup) (I used double)
3 TBS lemon juice
2 TBS chopped chives
2 TBS chopped parsley
1 TBS chopped mint (I left out)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook asparagus and snow peas in a large pot of salted boiling water 2 to 3 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. (Alternately, plunge into an ice bath.)

2. Bring broth and lemon zest to a boil in a large pot. Place the couscous in a large bowl and stir in the broth. Cover, and let stand for 10 minutes. Discard lemon zest and fluff with a fork.

3. Stir asparagus, snow peas, radishes, lemon juice, chives, parsley and mint into the couscous with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes for the flavors to develop and combine. This is excellent made ahead of time.

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