Orange-scented vegetable couscous

Total Time
31 min
16 min
15 min
Enjoy this beautiful couscous dish as a vegetarian entrée or side. Or, you can turn it into a one-dish meal: Add chopped cooked chicken breast when you add the peas. The couscous is flavored with raisins, onions, zucchini, and almonds, and spiced with ground cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. You'll also love the addition of a touch of freshly grated orange zest at the very end. It may sound like a lot of ingredients, but it all comes together in just 30 minutes.


Unsweetened orange juice

1¼ cup(s)

Golden seedless raisins

½ cup(s)

Table salt

¾ tsp

Ground cumin

½ tsp

Ground ginger

¼ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Ground cinnamon


Uncooked couscous

1 cup(s)

Olive oil

1 tsp

Uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped


2 medium clove(s), minced

Uncooked zucchini

2 small, cut into 1/2-inch (1.25cm) wedges

Frozen green peas

½ cup(s), thawed

Slivered almonds

2 Tbsp

Orange zest

1 tsp, grated


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine orange juice, raisins, 1/2 tsp salt, the cumin, ginger, 1/8 tsp pepper and the cinnamon. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add couscous and stir. Cover, remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat oil. Sauté onion and garlic until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add zucchini and cook until vegetables begin to brown, about 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in peas, almonds and remaining salt and pepper. Heat to serving temperature, about 1 minute.
  6. Transfer couscous to a bowl and fluff with fork. Add vegetables and orange zest. Toss to combine.