Vegetable Couscous

  • 5MINS
  • 6MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 153KCAL

Hot or cold, this colourful Vegetable Couscous is every bit as delicious as it looks. With zesty lime, smoky harissa and melty feta cheese, it’s got all the sunshine flavours you could ever want. BBQ spreads and picnics just got a whole lot tastier!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories153
  • Carbs23g
  • Protein6.7g
  • Fat2.7g
  • Saturates0.8g
  • Sugars3.7g

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How vibrant and delicious does this Vegetable Couscous look? Not only is it bursting with brilliant colours, it’s also jam-packed with flavours that are perfect for enjoying in the garden over summer (hot or cold!). 

We’re talking zesty lime, smoky harissa and melty feta cheese – we find that unbelievable flavour combo difficult to say no to! Easy to rustle up in under 15 minutes (prep included!), it tastes far too good to be true at only 153 calories per refreshing salad serving. 

Will you be putting on a vegan-friendly summer spread? Not to worry! Simply swap out the feta cheese for a vegan feta-style alternative, and you’re on to a winner.

What diets is this Vegetable Couscous suitable for?

This Vegetable Couscous recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

It can be made dairy free and vegan, as long as you swap out the following ingredients for vegan versions; 

  • 30g reduced-fat feta cheese

Any dairy free feta-style cheese alternative will work.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Vegetable Couscous?

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The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Vegetable Couscous?

You don’t need anything fancy to make this recipe! We’ve combined a few simple ingredients staples to make sure our one-pot dish is jam-packed with flavour.

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Harissa is a hot chilli pepper paste you’ll be able to find at the supermarket.

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How many calories are in this Vegetable Couscous?

There are 153 calories per portion in this Vegetable Couscous, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Vegetable Couscous is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat.

Step 2

Add the onion and fry for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and peppers and continue to fry for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli and fry for 2 minutes, until starting to soften.

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Step 3

To the boiling water, add the stock cube, harissa and tomato puree stir to combine.

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Step 4

Remove the pan from the heat and add the couscous into the pan. Stir to mix evenly.

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Step 5

Pour the stock mixture into the pan and stir quickly. Cover the pan with foil and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

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Step 6

Stir through the mint, lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Crumble over the feta cheese and serve.

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What could I serve with this Vegetable Couscous?

This Vegetable Couscous works really well when served as an accompaniment to any of the following dishes:

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How do you know when Vegetable Couscous is cooked?

You should cook this Vegetable Couscous until the couscous and stock mixture has mixed together evenly, and been covered with foil. Leave to stand for around 5 minutes before seasoning with the mint, lime juice, salt and pepper.

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep Vegetable Couscous in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Vegetable Couscous in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Vegetable Couscous?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Vegetable Couscous?

Vegetable Couscous is just as delicious whether you enjoy it again hot or cold.

To reheat Vegetable Couscous from chilled, place in a microwave proof container (with a loosely-fitting lid) and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

If you’re reheating Vegetable Couscous from frozen, allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Vegetable Couscous

With zesty lime, smoky harissa and melty feta cheese, this colourful Vegetable Couscous is every bit as delicious as it looks. Hot or cold!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    6 MINS
  • KCals 153
  • Carbs 23G

Ingredients

  • 110 g dried couscous
  • 1 small red onion peeled and diced
  • ½ red pepper deseeded and diced
  • 70 g broccoli chopped into small pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 200 ml boiling water
  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 30 g reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 5 g mint leaves removed from stalks and finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • low-calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and fry for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and peppers and continue to fry for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli and fry for 2 minutes, until starting to soften.
  3. To the boiling water, add the stock cube, harissa and tomato puree stir to combine.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the couscous into the pan. Stir to mix evenly.
  5. Pour the stock mixture into the pan and stir quickly. Cover the pan with foil and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir through the mint, lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Crumble over the feta cheese and serve.

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