Fresh Peas and Endives Couscous

by Anna on May 11, 2010

in Salads,Vegetarian

Blind much? I may or may not need glasses, how I notice that? Well…when I’m writing my posts I change the typeface to size 18, and now seems like 18 is not big enough. So now I’m typing with 20…. is that a case of blindness? Am I getting (gasp) old? No I’m not old…40 is the new 30 right?

I’m young in my spirit; I like body board, hip-hop, and peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner.  That’s not how old people behave right? Right? Help me out here, I’m freaking out. And now that I’m looking closer I see I have a little dot at the back of my hand, is that a brown spot? No, It’s probably a scratch, nooooooo it is a brown spot. That’s it, the world is ending, I need botox, maybe some laser treatment, or whatever is able to remove this spot, because what if others decide to join it. Oh Dear!

Okay…lets move on to more interesting things in life, this recipe I have today is about something I would like to share with you. This new online community that is great place for busy at-home chefs who like to cook but don’t have a ton of time.  It includes video tutorials, creative meal short cuts, kitchen tips, weekly trivia, and an incredible sweepstakes. Each month Chef Peter Bowen will create a recipe inspired by a different Near East Couscous flavor, and the best part is that it can be prepared in about 5 minutes! That’s the recipe I made with the Parmesan couscous. It was lovely.

Fresh Peas and Endives Couscous

  • 1 box of Near East Parmesan couscous
  • Fresh peas
  • Red endives
  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt and Pepper

Cook the couscous following the box direction, put  aside to cool down. Slice the fennel with a mandolin. Cut the red endives very thinly. In a fry pan heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the garlic and the Chile flakes until golden. Mix the peas and sauté it for a minute or two. Put  aside to cool down then mix with the couscous. Add the sliced fennel and the red endives, season to taste and add the lemon juice. Enjoy.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

jacqueline May 29, 2010 at 5:08 PM

thank you for the lovely and easy recipe! i made it with: cous cous with toasted pine nuts, fresh peas, sweet onions, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives and feta cheese. sprinkled with parsley and lemon – it was DELICIOUS!

love your blog!

Patty Price May 16, 2010 at 8:52 AM

I love your blog,now I’m over 50 and I can’t see anything but I can still see your blog and it looks great, can’t wait to try this recipe!
.-= Patty Price´s last blog ..Island Dream Bars =-.

Lori May 14, 2010 at 7:30 AM

I never tire of your photos. The first shot with the peas is amazing! So glad you shared the site, I’ve not visited before. This light, spring dish looks delicious!

Sophie May 14, 2010 at 1:30 AM

What a fabulously looking dish!!

So colourful & tasty!
.-= Sophie´s last blog ..Sophie’s eggless pork & veal sage bugers served with a balsamic red onions & capers relish =-.

Jennifer May 13, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I was just introduced to your blog…and I love love love it! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes!
.-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Family Tree =-.

Denise May 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Hey Anna – 40 is a fantastic place to be! You know a whole lot more and you care a hell of a lot less! Haaaahh! Perfect balance and utter liberation. And, 45 is the new 25!! Don’t let anyone tell you different 😉
Love your couscous – so light, fresh, undemanding and beautiful – just like a 40 +++ woman 😀
.-= Denise´s last blog ..A Salmon and Pea Hummus Wrap Seasoned with Maternal Trickery =-.

Anna May 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Wow Stella, what a beautiful story, you know? More and more I love this blog, because it gave me the chance to meet great people. Today my hubby pointed out to me that every month at the same time I get a bit frantic… So turns out I am a big PMS girl. What’s a girl to do? LOL

Stella May 13, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Hey Anna, I’m gonna be like Jenn and tell you a quick story.

When I was a kid, I was sitting on the floor by my grandpa’s chair that he sat in while smoking tobacco and his pipes. I looked up at him marveling at his wrinkles and said “Papa, do you wish you were a teenager or in your 20’s again? He looked down at me a bit surprised by my odd question and then answered ‘hell no, but I sure would like to be 40 again-a lot of things I would do different’. Then he looked out the window with a look of regret, and, of course, I regretted asking the question.

Anyway, point is some people wish they could be 40! This couscous sounds wonderful by the way. Cous cous is one of my favorite types of pasta…

Anna May 12, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Jenn, Jenn, you made me almost pee in my pants. Cardboard deer is way worse than gigantic type face… win. LOL.

Anna May 12, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Thanks Sweetlife, 20?That is even better, I just saw Chuls ( all pink post ) How lucky you are. She is adorable.

Jenn May 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Anna you’re so young!!! Here’s a story about how bad my eyesight is.
I was driving on a street when I said… “oh….. ” quite sadly.
Bob said: “What?”
Me: The dead deer on the side of the road.
Bob: that’s not a deer. That’s a cardboard box.
YES, I had my glasses on. And YES I need them to drive… so…. increasing font size is normal. Seeing a deer that is really a cardboard box: not so good. The End.

P.S. your recipe looks great and I can’t wait to check out this website!
P.P.S. Some JERK is spreading viruses on blogs. So backup your files!!!!
.-= Jenn´s last blog ..Macarons are Not my friends. =-.

dokuzuncubulut May 12, 2010 at 8:48 AM

This looks so light and delicious!
Very healthy recipe…

sweetlife May 12, 2010 at 7:05 AM

didn’t you hear 40 is the new 20, yup your good, and hey glasses make you look edgy, brainy and even cuter..well that’s what my hubby tells me…great couscous.

.-= sweetlife´s last blog ..Happy Cinco De Mayo!!! =-.

Stephanie @ Per l'Amore del Cibo May 12, 2010 at 6:09 AM

Hey…nothing is wrong with glasses! Glasses are cool! Though, I may have a slightly biased opinion…. Regardless, this looks delicious. Your photos are truly amazing.
.-= Stephanie @ Per l’Amore del Cibo´s last blog ..Pasta with Creamy Bacon and Pea Sauce =-.

M. May 11, 2010 at 7:43 PM

This sounds really good…I love simple and healthy recipes like this one….pretty photos 🙂
.-= M.´s last blog ..Design Sponge and Orange Ricotta Breakfast Dumplings recipe =-.

Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective May 11, 2010 at 5:41 PM

This looks so light and delicious! Your photos are incredible!

The Cilantropist May 11, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Oh these pictures are really beautiful, love the colors! You can never go wrong with couscous for a quick healthy meal.
.-= The Cilantropist´s last blog ..Crepes with Fresh Strawberry Jam =-.

Anna May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Thanks Gwen, and 50 Is definitely the new 40 LOL. 😀

bunkycooks May 11, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Nice post! I love your pics. BTW, what is 50? Is that the new 40? I don’t know, but it gets worse after 40! I am struggling with glasses, so if my pics are blurry…you know why!

Erica May 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

What a great dish!!!Simple, healthy and delicious! My vegetarian husband would love this.Beautiful pictures!!!
.-= Erica´s last blog ..Flan de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche Flan) =-.

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