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Caprese Style Israeli Couscous

Written By: Chris - Jan• 15•14

Monday “Smut” nights as Bill calls it, with the girls is back on! (The Bachelor Viewing parties).  We’ve gotten back into things quickly and are enjoying one another’s great food, drinks and camaraderie!  Oh how I had missed these gals.  Like last year, we’ve all made our picks and threw $10 into the pot.  To clarify, below are the rankings of who each of us thinks will “win Juan Pablo’s heart”!  Listed in order of Picks #1 #2 #3
Chris: Kat Andi Clare
Correan: Alli Andi Chelsea
Eileen: Alli Clare Victoria
Jennifer: Clare Andi Nikki
Joe (Kristen’s husband, who is with us via text most nights): Victoria Amy L. Lauren S. TWO of Joe’s were already eliminated!
Kristen: Alli Clare Andi
Mel: Alli Clare Andi

So for some useless entertainment or recreation, you can learn about these gals in a hilarious blog written by a “Jerk named Drew Hoolhort, who is in no way affiliated with the Bachelor because he is not attractive enough to be on the show”.  He asks you to “Please have a sense of humor, it is the Internet” after all.  http://www.imnotheretomakefriends.com/episode-1/#.Usx_VXlx61Y

Anyways, many of you know that in addition to making fun of the individuals searching for love on a stupid competition show, we truly enjoy sharing food and beverages!  The other night, Bill requested some sort of salad made with Israeli CousCous.  We both particularly love the texture of “Pitim”, which is an Israeli toasted pasta shaped like rice or little balls. (Outside of Israel, it is known as Israeli couscous)  I like to create dishes based on Items that I have on hand, so I came up with a Caprese style salad that was a hit!  I find that tomatoes are one of those vegetables (technically a fruit) that almost everyone likes.  Perfect as a snack, sliced on or in a salad, diced or sliced onto a pizza or crushed into a sauce – tomatoes are high in water, low in calories, and have some fantastic health benefits.  They are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.   These are powerful antioxidants and they taste amazing mixed with mozzarella, fresh basil and balsamic!

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Ingredients: 

1 8oz. package Israeli Couscous
1 Tablespoon Better Than Bouillon, Vegetable flavor 
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, garlic infused
2 Tablespoons Basil Pesto
1 Cup Mozzarella, cubed
1 Cup Tomatoes, chopped (I used grape)
1 Cup Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
1/2 Cup Basil, chopped
1 Cup Spinach, chopped
2 Tablespoons Green Onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon, reduced Balsamic
Salt & Pepper, to taste

I find the couscous at Trader Joe’s.  Prepare the couscous according to package directions, but add the vegetable flavoring and set aside to cool.  Be sure to toast the pasta!

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Chop the fresh herbs, onions, spinach, tomatoes and cheese.

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Prepare the dressing by combining the olive oil with the pesto and balsamic.  Combine with the other ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

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Chill before serving, but can be also served at room temperature.

Enjoy!
Cheers!
~Chris

 

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