Don't be afraid of using your grill on weeknights to create quick and simple meals. Especially when the weather is pleasant, grilling is an excellent technique for rapid, maximized flavor cooking. In this recipe a plethora of vegetables are seared on the grill. The veggies are tossed with a fragrantly spiced couscous, fresh herbs, and filling garbanzo beans. A salty feta cheese is the finishing touch to this hearty, vegetarian dish from To learn how to make it,


Grilled Vegetables and Chickpeas with Couscous

Grilled Vegetables and Chickpeas with Couscous


  1. 1 large zucchini (about 8 ounces)
  2. 1 large yellow squash (about 6 ounces)
  3. 1 small green bell pepper, quartered
  4. 1 small red bell pepper, quartered
  5. 1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 1/2 cup)
  6. Cooking spray
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 3/4 cup uncooked couscous
  9. 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  13. Dash of ground cinnamon
  14. 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  15. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  16. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  17. 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  18. 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  19. 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
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  1. Prepare grill.
  2. Cut zucchini and squash lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place zucchini, squash, bell peppers, and onion on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until well browned. Remove vegetables to a cutting board; cool.
  3. Chop vegetables into bite-sized pieces; place in a large bowl.
  4. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in couscous and the next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon). Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  5. Add couscous, tomatoes, and remaining ingredients except cheese to vegetable mixture; toss well. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 3/4 cups couscous mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese).

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 325(22% from fat); FAT 7.8g (sat 2.2g,mono 3.6g,poly 1.4g); PROTEIN 13.2g; CHOLESTEROL 8mg; CALCIUM 113mg; SODIUM 270mg; FIBER 8.6g; IRON 3mg; CARBOHYDRATE 53g

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