Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Cous Cous Salad

My life has needed some balance lately. After so many of these, these and these, I am craving some health food.  The problem is that baked goods are so much more fun to create and photograph.  I do eat a fairly balanced diet it’s just that most of the healthy stuff doesn’t appear here because it’s not as pretty or as much fun to talk about.

Here’s how I’ve achieved balance lately:

-I turn off my phone’s auto sync on my work email.  At night and weekends, I don’t check, receive or respond to work emails

-I aim to get some sort of exercise or physical activity 5.  Why not 6 or 7?  Well, I’ve found that it just doesn’t work that way for me.  Realistically, I know that I can do 5.  If I say I have to get 7 and I don’t, I end up putting too much pressure on myself and then I drive myself crazy. And that just doesn’t work for me either.

-I drink lots of water, limit coffee to a couple of cups in the morning and consume minimal alcohol…I like to enjoy a glass of wine on a Saturday night!)

-When I feel like having dessert, I have it.  (Hopefully) not every night, but most nights, I have some sort of something after dinner.  It might be strawberries or dried cranberries or a cookie but I treat myself so that I don’t feel deprived.

-I pray, a lot.  I don’t know what your beliefs are but mine are firm in that prayer works.  My faith keeps me somewhat grounded and this is where I find most of my balance in life.  If my faith life or prayer life is out of whack, I’m totally out of balance.

Sundays keep me balanced too.  I usually keep my agenda pretty clear.  I exercise, attend worship, relax, bake and blog and create recipes like this one.

How do you find balance in your life?

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Cous Cous Salad Recipe

Yield: 2 (as a meal) - 4 (as a side)

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat cous cous
1 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbs. fresh parsley, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup diced tomato
1 green onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring 1 cup of salted water to boil. Turn off the heat, add the cous cous and stir. Cover and let sit for five minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice and parsley in a medium bowl. Add the tomato, green onion and garlic and mix.

When the cous cous is ready, add to the other ingredients and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

This is best served at room temperature or chilled but can be served warm as well.

 

27 Responses to “Summer Cous Cous Salad”

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    Angie's Recipes — July 20, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    I haven't had couscous in a while…this salad looks so nutritious, healthy and very delicious.

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    kitchenarian — July 20, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    I am always trying to keep balance in my life as well. This couscous looks like a delicious, healthy meal. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Tina @flourtrader — July 20, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    Couscous is a great side dish, but I have very few recipes for preparing it. Thanks for this delicious summer recipe, I have bookmarked it.

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    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — July 20, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    This couscous salad is amazing!! Looks perfect for the summer, saving this recipe for sure! :)

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    Erin — July 20, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Salad looks great! I have only ever made couscous plain (I mean the flavored box stuff). But never added anything, or made it into something like this!

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    DD — July 20, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    This is the first time I hear abt cous cous, the salad looks awesome could be agreat entry to halathy snacks event, can you step ahead and make an entry.
    Happy Blogging!!!!
    EVent-Quick & Easy Recipes-FBN
    Event-Healthy Snacks-GFR

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    meeshiesmom — July 20, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    I love cous cous, but for some reason I haven't made it in a while. I need to give this a try.
    Karen

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    Lizzy — July 20, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    This looks fabulous, Cassie!

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    Amy J. and Tiffanie A. — July 20, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    I love a good cous cous salad!! Thanks for the recipe and the tips on balance. I could always use a litte more balance :)

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    Alex — July 20, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    I just love a cous cous salad. I make one with green onions, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, and slivered almonds…so tasty and refreshing

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    *Girl From Scratch — July 20, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    Great salad! And very budget-minded too. I stay in balance by drinking lots of water, limiting my Facebook usage, exercising (bikram yoga!), prayer, and cooking.

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — July 20, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    I love couscous and am always looking for new ways to make it. I can't wait to make this, it sounds and looks sooo good. Love the addition of parmesan cheese.:)

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    Kathleen — July 20, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    OOoow YUM. Love couscous! Great looking salad!

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    Carolyn — July 20, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    LOL, my blog features mostly baked goods and desserts because I can usually photograph them the next day without them looking wilted or weird. Funny, if you took it from my blog, you'd think all I ate were muffins! But a couscous salad always looks great. Yours sure does!

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    Ann — July 20, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    I love cous-cous and balance is a good thing – I'm glad you have it in your life!!

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    Kate@Diethood — July 20, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    I also eat pretty healthy, but because that healthy stuff doesn't photograph well, I just turn to my baked goods for some food porn. :)
    BUT, this couscous salad looks yummy-good!

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    Zoe — July 20, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    Couscous is always easy and fast to cook. I love the colour of your dish. Very summery.

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — July 20, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    Cassie….I try to keep a balance. Everything in moderation. This salad looks fabulous. Couscous is a new favorite of mine! : )

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    Manu — July 21, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    I love cous cous salads! I really liked that you used whole wheat cous cous… I will have to try that next time!

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    Amber — July 21, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    One of my favorite summer salads is couscous with feta, scallions and cherry tomatoes. Parmesan would be a good way to mix it up next time! I haven't tried the whole wheat couscous yet, but it sounds like I should.

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    Beth — July 21, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    Your ways of balance sound quite a lot like mine. I mostly blog about desserts (yes, it's a lot more fun) but try to eat healthily most of the time.

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    Peggy — July 21, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    This sounds like a beautiful salad. And I love your balance tips. I try to devote at least 10 minutes a day (usually more though) to just me time – no distractions, just me.

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    Sarah — July 22, 2011 @ 1:05 am

    Sounds like you've got that whole balancing thing figured out :) Cous Cous is one of my favorite summer sides, especially with all the fresh salmon we get over here in Seattle. This recipe is definitely going in my keeper pile.

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    Courtney — July 22, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    I love couscous and this looks so good!

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    Denise — July 22, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    Love the salad. My only couscous salad till now has orange juice, scallions and almonds. This is a great italian-like one that sounds refreshing!
    Your plan for balance is great! Mine is similar. But my main area of getting out of balance is all about time and people and staying organized with running a bustling household. People think of my house as a second home and most days there are at least 4 people coming by to sit around my table -talking and eating and sharing life.Plus I meet with people everyday for life coaching-type meetings. I love this about my life. I have always house guests. I am wife, mom,friend and daughter. And I am the sole caregiver to my mom, who has alzheimers- which is a 24/7 "job" in some ways.
    I NEED to keep balance by using some of my day to keep my life organized and that is what I am working on now. I don't really like to do the mundane things that keep life flowing smoothly but I do like the results of a well ordered life :-)
    I already get some good "alone" time, to think, pray, read, work on cooking and photos. But just last night I was thinking that I need to limit my people time a bit :-( so I can keep ahead of all the little details for my life and my mom's. My mom moved in 9 months ago and I am finding I need to rebalance for how she is doing and slow down to live life with her. I think life changes like this ( and things like marriage :-)or being a mom) mean we need to recalibrate a bit. Always being aware that what works in one season may not in another and things will not always be the way they are today. I always counsel people to live in seasons and find a good balance for life as it is in this particular time, knowing we can find happiness in each season and what is happening today is not forever. Now I need to practice what I preach. Okay, long comment but you hit a nerve as I just thought all this through last night and read your post this morning.
    I hope you can keep good balance. I am off to make soup for a sick friend, take mom on a walk And clean out my closet :-)

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    Parsley Sage — July 24, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    It sounds like you've got your priorities in order! Focus on the achievable, focus on the important things in life and that's what will keep you happy and healthy. Beautiful cous cous, even if it isn't a baked good ;) Buzzed!

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    Angela@RecipesFromMyMom — July 31, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Hope you're having another relaxing Sunday Cassie. I'm catching up on my fav food bloggers and so glad you did this couscous salad. We have a salad sort of like this but with tomato, kidney beans, red onion and a herb vinaigrette.

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