Christmas Eve Couscous Recipe

recipes index

Special Offers


-::- -::- -::- -::- -::-

Christmas Eve Couscous Recipe : Recipes 4U


Christmas Eve Couscous Recipe

Recipe Ingredients


2 oz oil
1 lb onions, sliced
1 lb carrots, sliced
1 1/2 lb acorn squash - peeled, seeded & dic, ed
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp powdered cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ground white pepper, or more
1 1/2 pt water or vegetable stock
1 lb courgettes - trimmed and sliced
1 lb frozen broad beans
1 salt
1 each squeeze lemon juice
1 dash sugar
1 chopped fresh coriander


1 lb couscous
1 tsp salt
2 oz butter


1 tbsp harissa sauce
15 oz canned chick peas, drained
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
6 oz raisins
4 oz pine nuts
8 oz soy yogurt
1 a dusting of paprika

Recipe Preparation

First make the stew. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the
onions and fry for 5 minutes, then add the carrots, squash and
spices. Cook for a further 10 minutes, with a lid on, stirring from
time to time until all are buttery and spicy. Add the water or stock
and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetables are just
becoming tender. Add the courgettes and broad beans, and cook for a
further 5 minutes or so. Season with salt, lemon juice, and a little
sugar if necessary. (This is best made in advance and reheated, as
the flavours improve -- it is particularly good after freezing.) Now
make the grain. This is an unusual way to cook couscous, but I find
it gives the best results. Put the couscous into a baking tin and add
1 pint of water; immediately drain this off and return the couscous
to the tin. Leave it for 20 minutes, separating the grains with your
fingers after 10 minutes, or more times if you're passing. Put the
couscous into a sieve or steamer lined with a blue J-cloth. Set over
a pan of simmering water (it doesn't have to be the stew) for 20
minutes. Tip the couscous back into the baking tin and pour over 5 fl
oz cold water with the salt dissolved in it. Sift the grains with
your fingers and leave for 15 minutes, then put back into the lined
steamer and heat as above for a further 20 minutes. Sift with your
fingers into a serving bowl and stir in the butter. Set aside while
you put together the extras. To assemble and serve, take a ladleful
of liquid from the stew and add it to the harissa to make a thick
paste. Put this into a small bowl. Drain the chick peas. In a small
pan, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds, stirring for a moment or
two, then add the chick peas and stir until heated through. Put into
a second small bowl. Cover the raising with boiling water, leave for
10 minutes or longer to plump, then drain and put into a third small
bowl. Put the pine nuts into a fourth bowl -- they can be lightly
toasted if you like. Finally, put the yogurt into a fifth bowl and
dust the top with some paprika. To serve, ladle the stew over the
couscous and garnish with chopped fresh coriander.



Servings: 6




Back to Christmas Recipes

Food Tips of the Week

Dieting made easy

One useful tip is to drink plenty of water. From time to time at some stage in a hectic morning, you guess that you want a snack but in fact you might just need a refreshing glass of water or orange squash. The feelings of needing food and needing a drink are quite similar, but one of the two can lead to a broken diet and the other is ok.
Some low carbohydrate diet guidlines:
* Replace sugar with splenda. Most recipes that require sugar can be modified to make use of a sugar replacement instead. It is not exactly the same so you will have to do a bit of trial and error and it might not be perfect for every dish, but it gives very good results once you get the measurements right.

* Food labels can be misleading Watch out for food packaging that claims to be 'low carb' - check the nutritional information figures on the back of the tin or packet. Many are only marginally decreased and in some cases still higher than a competitors standard brand. In addition, beware of 'low sugar' and 'low fat' labels - 'low sugar' does not always mean 'low carb' - usually the carbs are identically the same.

Flavonoid rich foods
(inlcudes onion, spinach, kidney bean & thyme)

The nutrients called 'flavonoids' which exist in these fruits and vegetables are believed to have properties in fighting cancer.
Experts studying the nutritional effects of flavonoids think that they may well also have many other benefits to our wellbeing, amongst them, anti-candida and antitumor properties.
The majority of these are low in calories, so should be included in your weight loss regime.

Christmas Eve Couscous Recipe from the Recipes 4U Collection

You can now stop spending your hard earned cash on top price recipe cookery books or expensive nights out in posh eating establishments, all you have to do is find and print out the recipe that you have chosen and commence cooking good food to amaze your friends in the convenience of your own kitchen

This Christmas Eve Couscous Recipe is one of our Christmas Recipes, which come from visitor submissions and `free to use` sources. Of course, as we have over 50,000 recipes in the cookbook it would be a massive culinary exercise to cook and test every recipe on our site, so please take care, and double check everything and plan carefully. If you spot any mistakes, please let us know.


Christmas Eve Couscous Recipe

Meal Type

Appetizer Recipes
Baking Recipes
BBQ Recipes
Bread Recipes
Christmas Recipes
Crockpot Recipes
Dessert Recipes
Dip Recipes
Drink Recipes
Meal Recipes
Slow Cooker Recipes
Stew Recipes


Bacon Recipes
Beef Recipes
Chicken Recipes
Meat Recipes
Poultry Recipes
Salmon Recipes
Seafood Recipes
Turkey Recipes

Ethnic Recipes

Asian Recipes
Ethnic Recipes
Indian Recipes
Irish Recipes
Mexican Recipes

Cheese, Egg and Dairy

Cheese Recipes
Egg Recipes

Fruit and Vegetables

Bean Recipes
Kale Recipes.
Fruit Recipes
Grain Recipes
Salad Recipes
Vegetable Recipes
Vegetarian Recipes

Nutrition and Diet Recipes

Diet Recipes
Diabetic Recipes
Healthy Recipes
Low Carb Recipes