ahitsgabby (ahitsgabby) wrote in vegancooking,

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yummy Israeli couscous with tofu, chickpeas, and spinach

hi I've been a member here for a few weeks but this is my first post. =] My name is Gabby, I'm 17 (18 in 3 weeks :O), and I've been vegan for a little over a year, since January '08.

This is a loosely-crafted recipe for what I just ate for dinner tonight. This was my first time eating couscous and now I'm in love... i used really basic ingredients and not too much salt or spices, but I'm definitely planning on making this again, a little differently. This made enough for just me, but I have a large appetite haha... Anyway! what you need is:

1 cup Israeli couscous
1/2 cup chickpeas
a slice of extra-firm tofu, about 3/4 inch thick, cut widthwise
1/2 cup spinach (or broccoli or whatever, it doesn't matter)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos (soy sauce would work too)
salt and black pepper to taste
non-stick cooking spray or a spray bottle of olive oil

Cook the couscous as you usually would-- I simmered it in a partially covered pot with a few cups of water and 2 of the tablespoons of Bragg for 20-ish minutes. (sorry the directions aren't too specific... I wasn't really paying attention)

Meanwhile, turn the broiler on in your oven. Mine was set to 500 degrees fahrenheit(sp?) and that seemed to work well. While that's heating up, mix the remaining Bragg with a teaspoon of water and the garlic, along with some black pepper in a bowl. Soak the tofu in it for a few minutes. Make sure all sides get some of the mixture on them. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with the cooking spray. Broil the tofu for 5 minutes, flip it and put any of the remaining mixture on it and broil for another 5 minutes. When it's done it should be golden brown and the edges brown and crispy.

Heat up the spinach and sprinkle with a little salt. Mix the cooked couscous, chickpeas and the teaspoon of olive oil, and maybe some black pepper if you want. Everything should be cooled down enough by then to eat! =D I really loved the way the Bragg made the tofu and couscous taste.

so there's my simple but yummy dinner... anyone have any suggestions for variations of this? maybe other spices or veggies you think would go good with it?
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