Easy Israeli pearled couscous, oyster mushrooms, herbs and grated parmesan

Sometimes you just want a dish this quick and hearty but not so rich. I happened to be that I had bought some Israeli couscous recently to try at home. I wanted to the try the difference between regular couscous and this one… Both are similar in that it’s a small, whole grain-like food made from semolina or wheat flour , but because of its size, Israeli couscous has a slightly chewy texture, similar to barley,

This dish below has garlic, Israeli pearled couscous, oyster mushrooms, herbs and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Super delicious and easy!

I made this dish with what I had in my fridge . You can replace the Israeli couscous with another grain if you want or have on hand at home, small grain Israeli couscous is toasted to give it a nutty flavor, which also makes it a sturdier pasta, so it withstands liquids and longer cooking times better., barley, millet, rice, or a even small pasta like orzo. I like dishes like this that are flexible and easy to make by changing ingredients.

Ingredients

1 cup Pearl or Israeli Couscous

1 ½ cups Water

2 cups raw chopped oyster mushrooms

2 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons dried Italian herb seasoning

Olive Oil

How to make it.

Bring water to a rapid boil. Add couscous , then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain off any remaining water . Set aside.

In the meantime saute the sliced oyster mushrooms , raw garlic and chopped parsley and lots of dried Italian herbs with good oil. Grate in parmesan cheese for more richness.

Combine with mushroom and cheese and oil mixture with the cooked couscous at the end.

It reminds me of a lighter risotto that takes less time. Super fast and super good 

chef tip! If the dish gets dry add in water or stock at the end.

chef tip! Israeli couscous is naturally toasted to give it a nutty flavor, which also makes it a sturdier like pasta, so it withstands liquids and longer cooking times better.

#TryMeTuesday

Raw broccoli salad with seeds and nuts ? Oh Yes!

Raw broccoli gets a bad rap for taste for some people.. I have found out that just steaming the florets in the microwave first removes the bitterness. This way you are keeping all of nutrients in buy not over cooking it . win win!

A new favorite of mine is a raw broccoli side salad for lunch! what I do in a bowl

For one head of broccoli, chop in large pieces , rinse and steam broccoli in the microwave for 2 minutes in a bit of water.

For the dressings add to a large bow, 2 tablespoons of avocado Mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and water together.

Mix the broccoli into the dressing and then add whatever nuts and dried fruit I have at home. This time I added unsalted raw pumpkin seeds which gave it a nice crunch. Sometimes I even add bacon bits. It’s so delicious and so easy to add and make it your own. Try it out and change the way to you think about this great nutritious greens

chef tip! you can make it in batches for parties, the longer it sits the better taste try it out.

#TryMeTuseday

Chicken Bacon Pasta with Tomato Sauce but lighter!

For this #TastyThursday we are doin a quick and easy dinner with not many ingredients. Just grilled chicken , bacon, onion, cherry tomatoes , broth and light cream . This makes one. flavorful sauce hello flavor town! The recipe is from food blogger Joanna Cismaru website called Craving Home Cooked today.. Check out her site and other channels there. She even has a cookbook! at https://cravinghomecooked.com/ Looking forward to redoing more from her.
I loved this dish, how can you go wrong with any dish with a dish like this? I ended up adding light cream not sour cream or sriracha to make it lighter and not spicy but it was still amazing, Feel free to add the sriracha if you like it hot, it’s up to you! I also left out the mozzarella cheese and added the parmesan cheese when serving with pasta on top.

Below is a link to the original recipe I followed below . I adjusted to make it lighter to my liking, How would you change it?

Link to Recipe

#chef tip! If you have lots leftover chicken breast meat then make it in batches and freeze it!

#TastyThursday

Turkey Bean Chili Soup!

A chili and soup all in one! a great Skinnytaste one and done recipe is here for this #TastyThursday

This lighter version of the classic meat chili that’s much better for you. Just add ground turkey, onion , black bean, diced tomatoes and corn and water . then Spice it up however you like ! Plus it tastes even better as leftovers . I’ve also used lean ground beef and top it sometimes with shredded cheese and sour cream! Perfect on a cooler day.

Recipe inspired from : https://www.skinnytaste.com/turkey-chili-taco-soup/

chef tip! for a veggie version you can add some veggies to the mix such as bell peppers or zucchini instead of the meat,