Whole-Wheat Couscous with Parmesan & Peas

 

Couscous, which is actually a type of tiny pasta, makes an almost-instant side dish. Happily, the whole-wheat variety is just as fast to prepare as regular couscous. Lemon zest is a delicious accent to nutty Parmesan in this Italian-inspired couscous.

Prep Time:15 minutes
Ready in:20 minutes
Yield:6 servings, 2/3 cup each
Ease of Prep:Easy
Recipe Ingredients
 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
 1/4 cup water
 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
 1 cup whole-wheat couscous
 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Recipe Directions
  1. Combine broth, water and oil in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in couscous and remove from heat. Cover and let plump for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook peas on the stovetop or in the microwave according to package directions.
  3. Add the peas, dill, lemon zest, salt and pepper to the couscous; mix gently and fluff with a fork. Serve hot, sprinkled with cheese.

Health Advantages: low calorie, high fiber, low sat fat, low sodium, heart healthy.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 6
 Amount Per serving
 Calories:208 cal  Carbohydrate Servings:2
 Carbohydrates:35 g Dietary Fiber:7 g Cholesterol:6 mg
 Fat:4 g Sodium:186 mg Saturated Fat:1 g
 Protein:10 g Potassium:45 mg Monounsaturated Fat:2 g
 Exchanges:2 starch

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