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Couscous with Tomatoes, Basil, and Lentils

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
A delicious combination of tastes and textures. Serve as a main dish or side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable juice cocktail, (V8 or seasoned tomato juice)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup lentils, uncooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf, broken in half
  • 1/2 tsp salt (sea salt if on a corn-free diet*)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup couscous, uncooked
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Directions

  • In a medium-sized pot, heat oil until hot and saute garlic until tender. Stir in vegetable juice, water, lentils, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until lentils are soft but not mushy.
  • Remove pot from heat and discard bay leaf. Stir in couscous, tomato and basil. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until the couscous is soft. Uncover and fluff with a fork to separate the grains.

* Allergy notes: People following a corn-free diet should avoid iodized salt since it contains dextrose, which should be avoided by those allergic to corn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 380
  Calories from Fat 38 (10%)
(7%)Total Fat 4g
(3%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(23%)Sodium 548mg
(22%)Potassium 755mg
Total Carbohydrate 67g
(72%)Dietary Fiber 18g
Sugars 6g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(40%)Protein 20g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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