Israeli couscous with tomatoes, arugula and pine nuts

I love Israeli Couscous! It has a nice chewy texture and can mix well with lots of fresh vegetables. It pairs nicely with any protein and looks delicious.

This week at the farmers market I picked up some beautiful yellow organic cherry tomatoes and arugula. Adding this to the couscous was so good!

Israeli couscous with tomatoes, arugula and pine nuts

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Israeli couscous
  • 3 Tbsp butter (divided)
  • 1/2 cup sweet white onion  (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 2/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 handful fresh arugula
  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes cut in fourths
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  • In a large pan melt 1 Tbsp of butter and add pine nuts until brown
  • Remove pine nuts from pan and set aside
  • Add 2 Tbsp of butter and onions, cook until translucent
  • Add couscous and bay leaf and stir until brown
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a boil
  • Cover and let simmer until liquid is absorbed
  • Remove from heat and put in a bowl, let cool for 10 minutes
  • Add back the pine nuts, tomatoes, arugula, lemon zest, lemon juice, and parsley
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Drizzle with olive  oil

Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Pine nuts and Dijon Dressing

I make Arugula salad almost every night. I find that this is such a great complement to many savory dishes I make, due to the pepperiness to the arugula. You can add any other vegetable you want, it’s so simple.

Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 handfuls of washed fresh baby arugula
  • Tomatoes (any kind you want chopped up)
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup of shaved parmesan cheese

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1  teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey

Directions:

  • In a medium size bowl mix all salad ingredients together
  • In separate bowl, mix red wine vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper
  • Add olive oil and whisk until combined
  • Drizzle over salad and toss

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Easy Dinners – Baked Halibut and Pasta Salad

My daughter loves Hawaiian pasta salad. The creaminess of the mayo and milk and tartness of the white wine vinegar give the pasta a great flavor.

I don’t always cook everything from scratch every night, I don’t have the time. So, i get help from some frozen foods or cooked items from the grocery store and add in a homemade dish.

I still have some fresh corn, chives and tomatoes i picked up from the farmers market on Sunday. I decided to use those in my pasta salad tonight to pair with the Trader Joe’s Halibut. You can really use any veggies you wish. Traditional Hawaiian pasta salad just has carrots and onion.

I like to pair these together, you don’t need any tarter sauce for the fish.

Creamy Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 box of pasta (I like to use elbows or macaroni)
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup of fresh corn (cooked and taken off the husk)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup of white onion (optional)
  • 1 cup of Mayo (you can use less if you wish)
  • 2 tablespoons of half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon (or 2 depending on taste) of white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

Mix the mayo, cream, vinegar, salt and pepper together.

Add all veggies

Add Pasta

Stir together well

Enjoy

preparing corn
preparing corn

Pasta Salad ingrediants
Pasta Salad ingredients

Pasta salad dressing
Pasta salad dressing

Trader Joes Halibut is awesome!
Trader Joes Halibut is awesome!

Halibut and Pasta Salad
Halibut and Pasta Salad