Cauliflower & Couscous Pilaf

Pilaf is usually made with rice plus nuts, fruit, vegetables or even meat. In this version we use couscous instead of rice, so it’s nearly instant, and add a sweet accent of orange and currants.

Makes 6 servings, generous 3/4 cup each

ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes

EASE OF PREPARATION: Easy

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups finely chopped cauliflower florets (about 1 medium head)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup currants
2/3 cup whole-wheat couscous
1/2 cup sliced scallion greens

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add cauliflower and salt; cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add broth, orange zest, juice and currants; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in couscous and scallions. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 163 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 1 mg cholesterol; 31 g carbohydrate; 6 g protein; 6 g fiber; 239 mg sodium; 356 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (78% daily value), Folate (15% dv). 1 1/2 Carbohydrate Servings. Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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