5 responses to “Couscous with Merguez, Fennel, and Golden Raisins”

  1. chiquita

    I just made this recipe last weekend and it stretches to 2 or 3 meals for a family of 3 (including 1 toddler)

    Adapted from Pinch my Salt.com

    Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew with Israeli Couscous
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    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    2-inch piece of cinnamon stick
    4 canned whole tomatoes
    1/2 preserved lemon, pulp removed, rinsed, and minced*
    1 ounce dried tart cherries (raisins or other dried fruit may be substituted)
    1/2 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes (about 2 cups)
    1 large sweet potato
    1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1/2 bunch of kale, torn in pieces
    1/2 cup Israeli couscous
    4 cups chicken or vegetable stock**
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
    chopped cilantro for garnish

    Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until softened and starting to turn golden. Add garlic, cumin, coriander, and the piece of cinnamon stick and cook, stirring, for one minute. Add the tomatoes, crushing by hand as you add them, or crush with a wooden spoon in the pan. Add all remaining ingredients except for the salt. Turn up heat and bring soup to a simmer. Turn heat to low and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add salt to taste. Remove cinnamon stick before serving. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.

    Yield: approximately 6 servings

  2. debbie koenig

    That looks delicious, chiquita, thanks!

  3. Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

    yep, we're kinda broke too. Gotta love the one-bowl meals like this – it's what gets me through the winter.

  4. sarah henry

    Methinks most freelance writers can relate to where you're at, Debbie.

    I feel some frugal food posts are in my future too. My hometown paper just reported on how much food costs have spiked this year

    For now, though, you're eating well for less, and that's all good –even if your boy won't touch it.

  5. debbie koenig

    Sarah, it kinda works in my favor that he won't eat my cooking–one fewer portion! Plain pasta is a whole lot cheaper than merguez.

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