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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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