April 19, 2021/Recipes

Recipe: Lemon Couscous With Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

Try this light, tasty side dish

Recipe lemon couscous aparagus and cherry tomatoes

Couscous in chicken broth and lemon takes on a savory appeal that also compliments vegetables like asparagus and tomatoes. This side dish works well with grilled meats, poultry or fish.


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1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
3 scallions, white parts and 2 inches of the green, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 pound asparagus, tough ends removed, sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 cup whole wheat couscous
1 cup fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (about 18, or 2/3 pound)
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil
1 tablespoon lightly toasted flax seeds, coarsely ground


  1. Heat the oil in a deep nonstick skillet. Add the scallions, garlic and asparagus. Cook, stirring, until the asparagus is crisp-tender. Add the couscous, broth, lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and fold in the tomatoes, basil and flax seeds. Cover for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork.

Nutrition information

Makes 4 servings

Each serving contains:

Calories 160
Total fat 2.5g
Protein 7g
Carbohydrate 31g
Dietary fiber 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 120mg
Potassium 360mg

Source: Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook (© 2007 Broadway Books)

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