Eat– for Good Health

I hope you enjoy my recipe for Couscous Salad with Colorful Vegetables and Chickpeas.  You can take advantage of broccoli florets or any other vegetables available in the produce section of your supermarket.  Aromatic cumin, lemon, and scallions add Middle Eastern allure to this vegetarian salad. Chickpeas and whole-wheat couscous provide complete protein.  This makes a lovely Lenten meal if you are giving up meat for Lent!

Couscous Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas


  • 1 pound carrots, sliced 3/4 inch thick on the diagonal
  • 1 head cauliflower (3 pounds), cored and cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, plus 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 3 lemons)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces baby arugula

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place carrots and cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet; toss with cumin and 2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread half the vegetables on a second baking sheet. Roast until browned and tender, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating sheets and tossing halfway through. Cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/4 cups salted water to a boil. Stir in couscous; cover and remove from heat. Let stand until tender, 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; set aside to cool, uncovered.

Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice and remaining tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine roasted vegetables with couscous, chickpeas, and scallions. Place arugula on a serving platter, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon dressing. Add remaining dressing to couscous mixture, and toss; serve over arugula.

Today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday
In some Christian churches, a cross of ashes is placed on a worshipper’s forehead. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

8 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Friends, use whatever vegetables appeal to you. My husband doesn’t care for cauliflower, and I plan to leave this out when I make this for dinner. Also, he thinks he needs animal protein to play tennis. On his plate I will warmed strips of chicken on top of his serving. You can find precooked chicken in the meat section.

  2. Janessa Breckenridge

    Kathleen, I think we have to add meat protein for husbands and sons. They don’t understand how incomplete proteins can be combined to make complete protein.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Wade, it’s fine as long as you don’t have high cholesterole. I know many steak-eaters who are starting to suffer in that way.

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Our boys said they wanted to go to church today to receive ashes. Who knows what’s cool in the next generation. The priest will say, “Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

    Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. Max and Jake think this is kind of neat.

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