Veg Couscous Recipes: GP by Marika

marikaI found Marika on Instagram through a swap. I instantly liked the pictures of the recipes that she had shared and somehow the love and efforts that she put behind preparing the food was showing through.

I felt she could be a potential Guest Post contributor with some vegetarian recipes – and I was bang on ! She came up with these lovely recipes and took pictures of them too. 

On her Instagram – Marika describes herself as a twenty-something, Hungarian, dreamer, fan girl and a mad scientist in training ! 

Hey guys! So, today I’m bringing you two quick and easy vegetarian dishes that would fit in your busy lives and hopefully kids will like them too.

The goal was to find something that takes very little time to make, but still delicious, healthy and kid friendly. What I ended up making was two couscous dishes, one savory and one sweet.

The best thing about these dishes is that they take little to no food prep and they’re very versatile. They’re also very colorful dishes, so they could be fun for the kids! They’re kind of like a starting point or just inspiration really, because whatever veggies or fruits you have in your fridge, you could probably make a couscous dish with them! So don’t worry if you don’t have these ingredients, just improvise, be creative! I promise you, it will taste awesome!

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The first dish is a Green couscous salad with lemon tahini dressing. Like I said, you can change the veggies to whatever you have on hand or you like. You can change the dressing too, to some hummus or even pesto. (Some of my other favorite combos are beetroot, pomegranate couscous with cilantro pesto, or tomato and cucumber couscous with humus and basil pesto. But really, just be creative with it! 🙂

Green couscous salad with lemon tahini dressing
1 cup of couscous
1 1/2 – 2 cups of vegetable broth (depending of the couscous, they vary from brand to brand on how much liquid they need)
1 cup of steamed broccoli (I usually steam mine with a little garlic butter)
1/2 cup of peas
Salt, pepper, lemon to taste

For the dressing:
1/2 cup of tahini
2-3 tbs fresh lemon juice
4-6 tbs warm water
Salt, pepper to taste

Heat the broth and pour it on the couscous, stir it and let it rest for a few minutes. Depending on what kind of brand you use, it might take a little more or less liquid. You can prepare the vegetables until the couscous is resting. You can stir it occasionally or just fluff it up before serving.

For the dressing put everything in a blender or you can just stir it yourself. Adjust the water to get the thickness you like.

Stir together the couscous, veggies and dressing. Sprinkle it with a little salt and pepper and lemon juice. Enjoy!

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The other dish is Coconut couscous fruit bowl. The same goes for this recipe too, you can change the fruit to whatever you like! I really like this dish for breakfast, or lunch too with a smoothie. Some of my other favorite combos for sweet couscous is with almond milk, cardamom, fresh blueberries and nuts or with some cocoa powder, coconut milk and strawberries, but again, just have fun with it!
Coconut couscous fruit bowl
1 cup of couscous
2 cups of coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1 tbs of coconut flakes
1/2 tbs of cinnamon
1 tbs of maple syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
2 tangerines
2 tbs of raisins
I also used some dried fruits (mango, banana) and fruit jam to finish the dish off, but it’s up to you

Warm the milk, coconut flakes, cinnamon and maple syrup in a pan, but don’t bring it to boil. Pour over the couscous and stir it thoroughly. Let it rest for a few minutes, stir it occasionally.
Add the fresh and dried fruits to the couscous. Enjoy!

Favorite Pictures from January

Right in the first week of January, the apple of my eye met with a small accident. My daughter Amaira fell from a height and had to undergo stitches. For almost the whole January, she had to be taken care of and tended to. With God’s grace she is better now. January hence has a fewer pictures from my side to share.

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In various bids to keep Amaira entertained and positively involved, I had to constantly churn up ideas to keep her mind off the “hurt” (she says “haat”) so that she doesn’t tug on her bandage and pull it off. Thankfully I had bought this book. It has her name with the exact spelling published on the cover ! It is a regular children’s book published by a renowned publisher much before she was born ! Back in October / Nov last year – happened to spot this and many others in the series – bought them all in a jiffy.

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This one’s rather unique. It is my aunt actually, but I had to crop her face for her privacy. She was visiting a relative and probably someone offered her pineapple juice like that 🙂 Maybe some juice bars should take notice – novelty sells !!

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Where there is a will – there is a way ! And we know a way to make non flowering plants flower. Just dig the flowers in ! Simple 🙂 One from the many (many) projects to keep the munchkin involved.

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This one is of a Quartz Crystal. Little did I ever know that there is actually a goldmine of naturally occurring crystals just a stone’s throwaway from where my in-laws live. My father in law knew I value such things a lot – and especially since they have so many healing and metaphysical properties. This image is of one of my father in laws friends who owns such a quarry – he is holding one of the very many crystals that are dug out.

january-in-pictures-bird-in-flight-11-january-2017Truth always comes out – even if it is from a picture. Emotions cannot be hidden. Michelle Obama is hugging Barack Obama after his final speech as the President. He spoke in Chicago, where in 1996 he was elected as senator and started his political career. I can keep looking at this image and cant even imagine the wave of emotions that may have been running through the audience and especially the best couple I may have known. They have both set such a high standard that they are only worth emulating.

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To end January and invite February – here is something for the Vibrant youthful and vivid Aquarians. Available in 3 colors – Aquarius Journals make pretty handy gifts.

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Ending with a little Facebook wisdom that I downloaded in January