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The first time I had couscous was when I was in Texas. I knew a guy who was from Tahiti. One night he made couscous in a pot with cabbage and whole tomatoes. Ever since that night couscous has become a pantry staple. I gravitated toward this dish because this summer I had a major affair with limes and spices like cumin and red chili peppers and cilantro. I put cilantro on everything. And why not, the flea market was selling ten bunches for a dollar. Add some chicken or black beans to complete the meal.
Couscous is small, granular pasta that is steamed like rice. Almost any rice or pasta dish could be substituted for couscous.
1 cup uncooked couscous
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
3 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp ground cumin
8 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 2 quart or larger sauce pan and stir in the couscous. Cover the pot and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar and cumin. Add green onions, red pepper, cilantro, corn and beans and toss to coat.
Fluff the couscous well, breaking up any chunks. Add to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve.