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My job’s holiday potluck is tomorrow. It will be a traditional meal, so I decided that I should make something in keeping with the feel and flavors of the day – something that, while still plant-based, is comfortable on a table alongside turkey and cranberry. The dish I bring needs to be filling, vegan-friendly and appealing to my omnivore coworkers. Enter Apple-Onion Cous Cous – a sweet, yet savory, comforting dish that can stand alone or easily accompany a drumstick on your favorite meat-eaters plate.
Apple-Onion Cous Cous
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup naturally unsweetened apple or pomegranate juice
- 2 cups cous cous
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped fine
- 1 large sweet apple, chopped fine (I used a Fuji)
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp parsley
- 1/2 tsp curry powder
- dash of salt
- 2 tsp olive oil
Combine water and juice in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, stir in the cous cous, cover the pan and remove it from the heat. Let cous cous sit for at least 8-10 minutes to absorb all the liquid. Fluff with a fork and set aside. (If your cous cous has different cooking directions, use those directions, substituting about 1/8 – 1/4 of the liquid with juice).
In a small frying pan, over medium high heat, add the olive oil. Throw in the onion and apple and cook until onion becomes translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and add the minced garlic, stirring well. Allow to cook for approximately 2 minutes.
In a large bowl (or if there is room in the sauce pan), combine the cous cous and onion-apple mixtures and stir well. Add the parsley, curry powder and salt to taste. Serve warm.
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