Getting sick of hearing about squash yet? I still have about half my container left…
Becca and I had decided to eat dinner together, but I got incredibly hungry while she was at the grocery store. I waited for her to get home (another +1 for maturity) but was too famished to really want to make something that took a while. We decided upon couscous, sauteed vegetables, and chickpeas. This was an incredibly fast meal and turned up tasting great.
I also finally got to make turnips! I had never thought of buying turnips before, but at Christmas my mom announced to us that eating one was now on her bucket list. When I saw them on sale at B-foods, I thought this would be a good chance to make one and see what the fuss was about. However, apparently no one knows what a turnip looks like. I asked 3 people, who had to ask other people, what a turnip looked like. I was surprised at how much it tasted like horseradish. I also don’t think sauteeing it was the best thing to do, as it seemed to get more bitter. However, the squash, onions, balsamic vinegar and chickpeas balanced the meal.
-in a microwavable bowl, pour couscous and water in a 1:2 ratio. Microwave for 3 minutes.
-Sautee julienned turnips, roasted squash, spinach, and diced onion, in a frying pan until the vegetables are soft
-add vegetables to the couscous
-add more oil to the frying pan and add chickpeas
-season with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic, and cumin
-sautee until soft, add to couscous
-serve over romaine and add balsamic vinegar
Like I said, this was an incredibly easy meal and very enjoyable. The sweetness of the squash overcame the bitterness of the turnip and the chickpeas added a nice texture, not to mention protein.
For dessert Becca made quite possibly one of the best brownies I have ever had- chipotle chili flavored! See here for the recipe!