Healthy Asparagus Couscous Skillet Recipe

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Tofucado isn’t always about complicated recipes, and in a way, tofucado’s initial idea (and still is as of today) was to help people see that being vegetarian is easy, affordable and that everyone can try it themselves. My first recipe ever here was a tofu bourguignon. And that was what inspired me. The thing is, not everything has to be tofu bourguignon or vegetarian choucroute. Yes, those are to die for and I’d eat them everyday if I could, but part of what I love about being vegetarian is the simplicity. Today’s recipe showcases that pretty well: with a few ingredients, you end up with a delicious asparagus couscous skillet.

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End result asparagus couscous skillet

Ingredients to make this asparagus couscous skillet

This recipe asks quite basic ingredients, the only thing a bit out of the usual are the asparagus:

  • Asparagus
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Chickpeas (already cooked)
  • Couscous
  • Spices: 7 Spice blend, garlic powder.
  • Our old friends: olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Optional: I added some goat cheese at the end to top the bowl

How to make this Asparagus Couscous Skillet?

First of all, we put some olive oil in a pan. When hot, we cook the onion for around 2-3 minutes then we add the asparagus (or whatever green veggie you have chosen) and the spices. Then we cook for 10 minutes.

After the 10 minutes have passed, we add the cherry tomatoes and chickpeas. Continue to cook for around 5 minutes until everything is well-mixed and it’s done.

You can then serve the veggies with a side of couscous. I added an extra bit of flavor with some goat cheese and it was really yum.

Alternatives to this asparagus couscous skillet

I cook this dish quite often but with many alternatives, here some other ideas if you are missing certain ingredients:

  • Asparagus: If you don’t have asparagus you can totally switch them with some green beans, or spinach, or broccoli. Honestly any other green veggie would work great in this recipe!
  • Cous-cous: Rice is a great alternative. You can also try some polenta, or even some toasted bread.
  • Chickpeas: Most beans would work well with this. White beans specially, but lentils and other beans such as kidney or black beans would also work pretty great.

Healthy Asparagus Couscous Skillet Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Healthy
Keyword: asparagus, cherry tomatoes, couscous
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • Handful of green asparagus around 12
  • 1 cup of chickpeas already cooked
  • 1.5 cup of couscous cooked following the 1:1 ratio – 1 cup of water for 1 cup of couscous plus a bit of olive oil once the couscous is cooked
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp of 7 spice blend
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prep all the veggies: dice the red onion, cut the asparagus in 3-4 pieces each, and cut the cherry tomatoes in halves.
  • Preheat a pan with some olive oil. When hot, add the onion and cook for around 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the asparagus and the spices and mix well. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes and chickpeas and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Serve in a bowl with the couscous and enjoy !

Poêle d’asperges, tomates cerises avec du couscous – Recette en français

Ingrédients pour 2 personnes – Temps total 30 minutes (10 minutes de préparation et 20 minutes de cuisson)

Ingrédients

  • 150 gr tomate cerise 
  • 1 oignon rouge 
  • Une poignée d’asperges vertes (12 à peu près) 
  • 200 gr pois-chiches (déjà prêts)
  • 250 gr semoule (cuisiné avec 300ml d’eau et un peu d’huile d’olive une fois la semoule est prête) 
  • 1 cuillère à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • ½ cuillère à soupe d’un mélange de 7 épices 
  • 1 cuillère à soupe de poudre d’ail 
  • Sel et poivre pour assaisonner

Instructions

  • Préparer tous les légumes: couper en dés l’oignon rouge, en 3-4 morceau les asperges et en deux les tomates cerises. 
  • Préchauffer une poêle avec un peu d’huile d’olive. Quand la poêle est bien chaude, ajouter l’oignon et laisser cuire pendant 2-3 minutes. 
  • Ajouter les asperges et les épices et cuire pendant 10 minutes. 
  • Ajouter les tomates et les pois-chiches et cuire pendant 5 minutes de plus. 
  • Déguster dans un bol avec la semoule déjà préparée et bon appétit !

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