Stepping away from the eggs ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

04 May 2009

Stepping away from the eggs

VEGETABLES! I ate them!

Couscous, green beans, and red pepper

whole wheat couscous (or whatever)
olive oil
green beans
red pepper
salt, pepper

Couscous is super easy to make; I've definitely made it from the hot water tap of my work water cooler. For each person, put maybe 3/4 cup dry cous in a bowl. Throw some water in the teakettle and heat it up; when it comes to a boil, turn off the heat. Let it cool for a minute so you won't crack your bowls with boiling water. Drizzle a little olive oil over each bowl of dry cous, then add water to cover by about a centimeter. Cover the bowls with a clean tea towel and let them sit and steam while you cook your veg. It should take about five minutes for the cous to absorb/steam in the hot water. If it's still a little dry, add a touch more water and cover again. Salt, pepper, fluff with a fork.

While the cous is cooking, peel and slice a clove or two of garlic. You could use shallot or red onion here, too; we're not picky. Soften the garlic in some olive oil over medium heat. While it's cooking, wash a big handful of green beans and chop them into inch-long pieces. Throw them into the garlic and oil, mix it up, and let cook while you dice up a red pepper. Add it to the pan as well.

Now turn the heat to medium-high, add a splash of water from the teapot, and cover. Let everything steam in the pan for maybe three minutes, or until the green beans are done to your taste. Salt and pepper.

Add the vegetables to your bowls of cous, mix them up, and eat.

It didn't look like we'd made that much food, but couscous is filling! I couldn't get through more than half my bowl. In conclusion, my lunch was then awesome.

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