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6/22/09

Couscous with Shrimp



Shrimp has always been a favorite of mine. As a young girl, I always ordered either shrimp, or ham when we went out to dinner. When SH and I married, we served a giant bowl of chilled shrimp to our guests. I have a picture. I was taking food pix back in 1986, knowing I would one day need them for blogging. Too bad the album is in one of the many moving boxes, or you could feast your eyes on my trifle bowl filled with shrimp.

A few days ago while grocery shopping, I couldn't resist the large shrimp as they called to me from the case. "Buy us, buy us. You will save two bucks on a pound. You know you want to."

And so I did.

Once home, to a box of cooked couscous, I added two chopped tomatoes, a package of basil and tomato reduced fat feta, lemon juice, and olive oil. Then I remembered that I had used up the garlic powder prior to our move.

Yes, I use powdered garlic.
It tastes just fine to us.


I pulled off the tails, because presentation is not everything to me. Powdered garlic, and messily chopped shrimp, what next? Oh, wait, there wasn't any garlic. I thought this was a tasty treat. BG ate it, but told me the next day that she prefers shrimp scampi. SH ate it, but said it "needed something".

Yes, it needed garlic.

Well, it was still good, and even better for lunch the next day.

Here is another couscous recipe, in case you want one with measurements. In the one above, I used a pound of jumbo shrimp, two tomatoes, a 10 oz box of couscous, the small plastic box of feta, and the olive oil and lemon juice were not measured. I believe that is called "to taste". To my taste, it was a success.

Couscous with Nectarines


1 medium onion, chopped
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 can (16 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 nectarines, diced, about 1 1/2 cups
1 box (10 ounces) couscous
Nectarine slices for garnish, optional

Combine onion and 1/4 cup of the chicken stock in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the remaining chicken stock, coriander, cumin and chickpeas and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Add the diced nectarines and couscous and mix well. Cover tightly and remove from the heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Garnish each serving with nectarine slices, if desired.

Serve hot or cold

Makes 8 servings.
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9 comments:

  1. What a great recipe! Funny that you've been taking pictures of your food all these years! THanks for all your kind words on my blog these past few days!

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  2. You put together two of my favorite foods, couscous and shrimp. I will have to try this soon!
    But powdered garlic? Gasp!!!! I think I have been out of anything but garlic powder for two months now. lol I keep forgetting to buy garlic.

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  3. I am so bad with photos. I make a recipe. I have the camera on the counter and then halfway through dinner I think "oh no I forgot the photo"

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  4. I'm not sure if the restaurant is still open or not, but there was a restaurant in St. Augustine that serves delicious shrimp salad.

    This looks delicious, Lisa!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  5. I did comment but maybe I forget click post comment.... So I remember what I type.

    I think shrimp should have parley herb or other herb and it might taste good.
    I rarely order shrimps. But at Jubba Gumpa Shrimp Co have a lot shrimps! And Red Lobster have good shrimp scampi and Rudy Tuesday had spicy shhrimp and i ate it last July 26, 2008 in New Hampshire. I think in Manschester or Concord but it is about 1 hour to WMI.
    I love fried or plain shrimp. Both taste good with cocktail dip!

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  6. Hi Lisa
    I wish I liked shrimp and other seafood but I don't! The couscous sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Lindsay
    x

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  7. Shrimp is good anyway you choose!! I loved your minted couscous salad, so I might give this a go Lisa!! Best shrimp I ever had was in New Orleans about 3 years ago - coconut shrimp in Bubba Gumps. I could have eaten it every day of my holiday! Very rude of my not to call you when I was on the same land-mass and suggest you join us, but next time for definte!!! Fiona x

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  8. I need to see 1986 shrimp, ASAP.

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  9. I love couscous and shrimp, apart or together, I love them!

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