Last night, I was stuck in a stairwell at work, waiting for a tornado to rip the roof off the building.

So instead of cowering in a corner and crying, I decided to be a bit more constructive with my time…  So here is a recipe for a little something I whipped up that morning.  And let me tell you, it was GOOD.

Vegetable Couscous


  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1-3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • A handful of golden raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1-2 tbsp cardamom
  • 1/4 c white wine or vodka
  • Salt, pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup couscous, uncooked
  • 2 c vegetable stock
  • zest and juice from 1 orange


  1. Sauté onion, garlic, and other chopped vegetables in olive oil for 5 minutes.
  2. Add garbanzos, tomatoes, tomato paste, raisins, and spices.
  3. Add alcoholic beverage of your choice.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the orange juice.
  6. In another cooking vessel, boil vegetable stock. If you want to get all fancypants, you can even add a small pinch of saffron… Add a bit of olive oil, then add couscous. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.
  7. Serve veggies over couscous.
  8. Garnish with orange zest.
  9. And feel the Yum.

(If you would like a more traditional recipe for 7 vegetable couscous, you can find it HERE.)