Pearl Couscous with Lentils, Carrots, Spinach, and Corn

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"This is a recipe that is great as a side or even as a meal. It's so hearty! It's great served warm or cold. I sometimes substitute chickpeas for the lentils, but be aware that they have a slightly stronger flavor. The white wine is used for flavor but can be left out if desired. Reduced-sodium chicken broth can be used. This recipe keeps well in the fridge and can be served warm or cold."

Ingredients 55 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 178 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 178 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs:
  • 30.7g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 324 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until it turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until garlic starts to brown, about 5 to 8 more minutes. Mix in the lentils and cook 3 to 4 minutes to blend flavors, stirring lightly. Stir carrots and corn kernels into the mixture. Reduce heat to low. Pour in 2 tablespoons white wine and 2 tablespoons chicken broth; let the mixture simmer, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bring 2 cups chicken broth and 1/4 cup white wine to a boil in a saucepan; stir in couscous and reduce heat to low. Simmer couscous until the liquid has been absorbed and the couscous pearls are tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Stir 2 more tablespoons each of chicken broth and white wine into lentil mixture and lightly toss baby spinach leaves into the vegetables in the skillet until wilted, about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer cooked couscous to a serving bowl and gently stir the spinach-lentil mixture into couscous until thoroughly combined. Drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with black pepper, and lightly stir again.
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I know what it's like to have a great recipe to share but no photo so I thought I would give this a try based solely on how it sounded and I am glad I did. This dish is really delicious but there are a couple of changes I suggest. First, the amount of time needed to brown the garlic is way too only takes a couple of minutes. Anymore than that and it starts to burn. Second, and this is really minor but it makes a difference in how well the mixture blends, is that it helps to chop the spinach before adding it to the recipe. That being said, I made a couple of changes due to taste and necessity as well. I like corn but by itself and tend to dislike it added to this type of recipe so I eliminated the corn. That was a matter of taste. Second, in my area, the only lentils available in a can are in lentil soup. The only other lentils here are dried. Since dark lentils take longer to cook and this recipe didn't specify what lentils to use, green, black, orange, or red, and since orange lentils cook really quickly (and I actually prefer orange and red ones anyway), I used dried orange lentils and mixed them in with the broth. Since they don't plump like other dried beans, I still used a cup. Other than those changes, I made this as directed and really enjoyed it. The best thing is that it was yummy both warm right after cooking and cold as a light lunch the next day. I wish I had taken a picture to post but I will do this next time if no one else posts one. Good!