Couscous Mint Salad

 

Couscous Mint Salad
 
This week I am continuing with my theme of quick and easy meals. Right now I just want tasty, healthy, and meals that take me less then 20 minutes to make. This salad definitely meets all my requirements. I'll be making this one time and time again.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of Israel Couscous
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 medium sized cucumber chopped
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes
  • 1 handful of fresh mint finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup of red onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup of crumbled feta
  • Juice from a ¼ of a lemon
Instructions
  1. Lightly sauté Couscous in 2 tbsp of olive oil until lightly toasted
  2. Add 2 cups of water to Couscous and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 min or until liquid is absorbed
  3. Let Couscous cool
  4. When Couscous has cooled add remaining ingredients, mix well and serve chilled
Notes
Couscous is a grain made from semolina wheat and is a great alternative to typical pasta. It contains more B vitamins, fiber, and protein then pasta. Couscous is also a great source of Selenium which is trace mineral that helps to protect healthy cells against toxins.


This salad contains 2 great herbs. Mint is used as an herb in Chinese medicine to help resolve a cold. We know that mint is high in vitamin C and helps support the immune system which is why it helps treats colds. It also helps to relieve heart burn, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome. Parsley contains a lot of antioxidants and anti-inflamatory properties that help relieve the symptoms of diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. It also helps to protect the heart by regulating Homocysteine levels in the body. Newest studies show that there are specific agents in Parsley which help to inhibit tumor formation and prevent cancer.


Tomatoes are known to be an awesome source for Lycopene. This nutrient is an antioxidant that helps prevent tumor growth, benefits cardiovascular health, and helps to protect against macular degeneration.


Cucumbers are one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat, and the most hydrating. They have a high silica content making it great for the skin, which is why they are often used in facials and lotions. Because of its cooling nature it acts as an anti-inflammatory both externally and internally. In fact Cucumbers can treat everything from a bad sunburn to a stomach ulcer. In Chinese medicine it is used to treat excess heat in the body and is especially useful in cooling you off during the summer months.


So if you are craving pasta try this dish instead. You'll satisfy that craving while getting a lot of extra nutrients.