Vegetable Couscous with Shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1/2- inch dice
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into 1/2- inch dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon, salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon, pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 ounces tiny shrimp (you can use canned shrimp- drain and rinse first)
  • 1   10- ounce box couscous
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, optional
  • Goat cheese crumbles, optional

 

  1. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, eggplant, zucchini, squash.  Cook until vegetables have softened- stirring occasionally.

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2. Add garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Sauté another minute.

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3. Add tomatoes and cook 5 more minutes.

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4. Stir in shrimp.

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5. Prepare couscous according to package OR substitute 2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth for salted water.

6. Plate couscous and then the shrimp mixture on top. Sprinkle with parsley and goat cheese, if desired. Serve.

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This might come as a surprise to some people (and other people might be like me…) But, until very recently, I had NEVER had couscous! I. Love. It. So, when I saw this recipe, I HAD to try it!

I REALLY like this dish- for quite a few reasons! 1.) Couscous. I feel like that is enough of a reason. 2.) My husbands step-mom is Russian and makes this delicious eggplant, squash, zucchini dish that I love but haven’t been able to replicate. This has many of the same flavors! Yum! 3.) I believe that shrimp tastes fantastic anytime any place- it’s easily one of my favorite foods.

One of the biggest reasons to love it? It is so easy! If you can chop veggies, then you can make this. I also really like how versatile it is. I think I added to much eggplant (is that possible?!) but that’s okay! You can add more or less of the veggies or just add completely new veggies. Also, I topped mine with parsley and goat cheese, but there are so many other things I can think of that would be good on top!

I do wish I had added more shrimp (again- one of my favorite foods…), but other than that, I was very pleased with how it turned out!

Oh! It makes quite about to (about 8 servings) so it’s great for company.

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