Couscous Herbed Salad

This is a hit salad with my family and regularly requested. I hope you enjoy it too.

 

1 c dry couscous
1 c boiling water (or chicken stock)
2 c canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red or green bell pepper, diced
3-4 medium tomatoes, diced
½ c fresh parsley, minced
.3 oz container of dried dill (2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped)
½ to 1 tbsp minced oregano
½ to 1 tbsp minced basil
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
6 tbsp lemon juice
6 tbsp olive oil
Salt/Pepper to taste

In a large casserole dish, combine the couscous and water then cover and allow it to stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool until just warm. Mix in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

 

 

Notes:  I don’t actually measure the dill or lemon juice; I combine all the veggies & couscous & then add the basil & oregano and oil; then I add the dill, lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste.

The chicken broth/stock gives a great flavor; for a vegan/vegetarian, use the water or vegetable broth/stock.

 

Enjoy!

Celebrating One Year: Giveaway

Enter here (Starts Sunday, March 20):

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One year ago I started this blog.  In celebration on my one year anniversary, I am giving away a non-dairy prize package.  Included are some of my favorite non-dairy goodies.

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One bar of Sweet Chocolate Cream Creamy Sweet Chocolate Bar 

Two Bars Amore Di Mona – One Caramela with Cranberries & One Chocolate with crunchy coffee beans

 

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Avenue Sweets Golden Caramels (Vanilla) – These are my absolute favorite of everything in the giveaway…I LOVE caramel!

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One box of Earth Balance Mac N Cheese ~ Cheddar

 

F.A.R.E. Food Allergy Awareness Items:

Two Food Allergy Awareness Silicone Bracelets

(These distinctive teal-colored silicone bracelets bear our PAL logo and a message that reads, “Food Allergy P.A.L.”.  [Be a PAL: Protect A Life™])

and one “I ♥ someone with food allergies” bumper sticker

 

Enter via the link above (in Red).

Winner will be announced here on the blog & on Facebook next Sunday, March 27th.

Best wishes!

 

Please note:  This post is not sponsored or monetized.

The shared link to the F.A.R.E. website above is only informational.  They have many resources regarding food allergies.  I highly recommend anyone with food allergies, or who has a family member with allergies, check out their website.

Ice “Cream”

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream…Non-Dairy!

The non-dairy ice cream you can purchase at the grocery is delicious, however, sometimes when you need a quick ice cream without going to the store, these should work for you, especially if you keep frozen bananas in the freezer!!

(Pictures to be posted at a later date)


Strawberry-Raspberry (Sorbet-like)

4 bananas, frozen in chunks

3 small containers of raspberries, rinsed & well-drained

2 containers of strawberries, rinsed, well-drained with stems removed & diced

honey (or other sweetener), approximately 1-3 tablespoons

salt – pinch

 

Rinse fruit; chop strawberries.  Layer strawberry chunks and raspberries over parchment paper on a cookie sheet & freeze until solid.

Layer one container of raspberries & half of one container of strawberries on parchment paper, cover with another piece & freeze until just about frozen through (1-2 hours).

Blend one container of raspberries until smooth; push through a mesh strainer removing the seeds; repeat with one container of strawberries; set strained puree aside in refrigerator if not using right away.

Put banana chunks in high power blender & blend until just about smooth; add in puree & blend until smooth.

Add honey & salt & blend again until smooth; pour into bowl & fold in frozen berries.

Cover & return to freezer until frozen through (overnight).


 

S’mores (soft-serve like)

1-2 frozen bananas

1 jar marshmallow creme

2 waffle cones, crushed into large pieces or 1 1/2 – 2 cups golden grams

1/2 – 1 cups mini chocolate chips (I like Good Life)

 

Blend bananas in blender until just about smooth.

Add in marshmallow creme & blend again until smooth.

Fold in Golden Graham’s and chocolate chips; pour into bowl and freeze until hardened.

 

Enjoy!


 

Caramel Butter Rum

2 frozen bananas, blended until smooth

3/4 c white granulated sugar

2 tablespoons honey (or choice of sweetener)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon imitation butter extract (I used Watkins – I find it at Wal-Mart)

1 teaspoon imitation caramel extract

1/2 teaspoon imitation rum extract

 

Over medium low heat cook sugar in saucepan; watch carefully, this will burn very quickly once sugar has started to turn.  Once all the sugar has been dissolved & is browned, stir & quickly add to the banana mixture.

While sugar is cooking, combine blended bananas, honey & extracts and blend until smooth.

Once sugar is ready, add to bananas.  Once the sugar hits the cold banana mixture, it will harden up solid; just whirl in blender until broke up into small chunks & blended well into banana mixture.  Place in bowls & freeze until hardened.

Enjoy.

 

I hope you enjoy these flavors as much I enjoyed creating them.

What flavors do you think you’d like to try; comment & let me know.