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Couscous with Pan-Seared Vegetables

Makes about 3 cups

1¼ cups water
1 cup couscous
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
½ cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup small broccoli florets
¼ cup pine nuts
¼ cup almonds, roasted & sliced
¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
¼ cup red cabbage, shredded
¼ cup carrots, shredded
how to prepare

For the couscous: Mix all the ingredients except the couscous in a saucepan and stir well until combined. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir in the couscous. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let sit until couscous is cooked, about 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and cool to room temperature.

For the pan-seared vegetables: Spray a nonstick skillet lightly with vegetable spray. Heat the skillet over very high heat until the oil just begins to smoke. Sauté the vegetables until browned in spots, stirring frequently. (Note: this step is essential to the final flavor). Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Mix the cooled vegetables with 2 cups of the prepared couscous.

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