I have a great recipe for you guys this week! It has some of my all time favorite things combined into one fantastic meal - Mediterranean Vegetable Couscous with Shrimp.
Now for all of you who are opening a new window to look up couscous - I will save you some time. Couscous is simply tiny granules of pasta - it's just coarsely ground semolina (a type of wheat). It is light, fluffy, delicious and super easy to prepare. I love it as an alternative to pasta or rice. It's especially great as you can have it prepared in 5 minutes.
I usually buy it in large canisters so I can cook what I need. I noticed that the boxes of Near East Couscous are on sale in the current Publix ad so I knew it was time to share this recipe!
This recipe is super versatile. You can use any veggies you have on hand. I peeked in my fridge and noticed my Good Cook Produce Keepers filled with tomatoes, lemon and zucchini. I grabbed some shrimp from my freezer and in no time flat - DINNER! The best part is that this recipe makes a ton. You better believe I have been eating this for lunch all week long!
Seriously how can you go wrong combining couscous, a ton of delicious veggies, capers, olives and feta. Oh my, I might need to go have a snack while I am typing. Here's the recipe:
- 1 cup zucchini, diced into chunks
- 1 cup portobello mushrooms, diced into chunks
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 4 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1⅓ cups couscous
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ - 1 pound cooked shrimp
- ¼ cup Kalamata Olives
- ¼ cup feta cheese
- Lemon wedges
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet with lid.
- Add zucchini, mushroom, shallot and onion - saute for 2 - 4 minutes until slightly tender.
- Add spinach and wilt.
- Add tomatoes, chicken broth, capers, salt, pepper and oregano and bring to a boil.
- Stir in couscous and cooked shrimp, cover skillet and remove from heat.
- Allow to sit for 5 minutes and then remove lid and fluff with fork.
- Mix balsamic vinegar and remaining olive oil then pour over mixture and toss.
- Serve topped with olives, feta and the juice of a lemon wedge.
This is a great week to give this recipe a try. With the BOGO sale on couscous you can put this together at a great price. I had to grab a few fresh veggies and the rest was in my pantry & freezer!
Near East Rice Pilaf or Couscous or Taboule or Quinoa Blend, 4.7 to 10 oz, BOGO $2.19
Athenos Traditional Feta Cheese, 6 to 8 oz, BOGO $4.99
Baby Portabella Mushrooms, 8 oz, $1.99
Large White Shrimp, 31 to 35 per pound, $7.99/lb
Did you see those fun little produce keepers peeking in the back of my picture? The folks at Good Cook sent me the entire line of Produce Keepers and I love all of them!
You pop your fruits or veggies in the little containers and twist to close. Not only do they keep your food fresher than a plastic bag, they make them more visible. I can't tell you how many times I have found a random mystery item in a baggie tucked way down in the produce drawer. What a waste of good food and money! When you can see the item, you are much more likely to use it.
Keep your produce fresh longer with These produce Keepers! These Vegetable Keepers are a part of the Good Cook ProFreshionals brand. Store unused peppers, melons, tomatoes, bananas, and asparagus in these colorful produce keepers. Keep them crisp and fresh longer in these specialized, transparent lid containers prevents contents from spoiling or smelling. These shaped food storage containers are designed to represent the produce it stores and are easy to identify in the refrigerator.
I have seen several of these in Publix and let me tell you they are well worth the money. These produce keepers will pay for themselves in just a few weeks because you will actually be using all the produce you buy - no more unused mystery items.
How would you like to have your own FREE set?
FOUR (4) I Heart Publix readers will win a set of Produce Keepers (total value - $42.00) that included the following:
- Tomato Keeper
- Citrus Keeper
- Green Pepper Keeper
- Asparagus Keeper
- Grapefruit Keeper
- Cantaloupe Keeper
- Banana Keeper
Entry is simple! You just need to complete the task below. As a reminder, comments left on Facebook, Twitter or other posts will not be included. I will choose the winners on Friday 6/14 at 11 pm.
- Which Keeper would get the most use at your house?
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This post is sponsored by the folks at Good Cook. I am posting as a Good Cook Kitchen Expert but all comments and opinions are my own.