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Whole Wheat Couscous with Sweet Potato and Apricots

Whole wheat couscous cooks up in 5 minutes, making it a quick and easy foundation for whatever flavorful ingredients you have on hand. This vegan dinner recipe features tender cubes of sweet potatoes, juicy apricots, warm spices, and fresh herbs. For a showy presentation, serve this vegan couscous dish stuffed in roasted eggplant halves.
Whole wheat couscous cooks up in 5 minutes, making it a quick and easy foundation for whatever flavorful ingredients you have on hand. This vegan dinner recipe features tender cubes of sweet potatoes, juicy apricots, warm spices, and fresh herbs. For a showy presentation, serve this vegan couscous dish stuffed in roasted eggplant halves.

Whole Wheat Couscous with Sweet Potato and Apricots

Serves 4

Ingredients:

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
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  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
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  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, chopped
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  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
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  • 3 cups diced sweet potato
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  • 3 cups vegetable broth, divided
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  • 2 cups whole wheat couscous
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  • 6 large apricots, pitted, diced
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  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
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  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
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  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
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  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
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  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
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  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Directions:

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  1. Heat oil in a deep, wide skillet over medium heat. Add onion and pepper and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes.
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  3. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
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  5. Stir in sweet potato and 1 cup broth. Cook, stirring, until broth comes to a boil.
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  7. Cover skillet, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sweet potato is softened, about 15 minutes. Stir in apricots, curry, coriander, and zest. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
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  9. Meanwhile, in a medium pot over high heat, bring remaining broth and couscous to a boil. Remove from heat, cover pot, and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
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  11. Transfer couscous to a large bowl and add vegetable mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley and mint. Serve warm.

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