Today’s recipe is by a new friend of mine, Robyn from Simply Fresh Dinners. After first coming across her blog, I knew I would be going back for more inspiration. One of my favorite things about Robyn’s recipes is the simplicity. They look (and taste) amazing, have a touch of gourmet, but as in the recipe below, she shares helpful tricks on useful (healthy) pre-made products to cut down cooking and shopping time.
This recipe features some of my favorite things- lots of herbs, and roasted veggies. Another thing I love about it? It makes a big batch, so the leftovers promise a delicious lunch to take to work the next day.
Hi, everyone! I’m thrilled to be guesting today with a vegetarian recipe that is quick, easy and super healthy. I am a big fan of Michelle’s creative cooking skills and, given that we share a love of fresh produce, you will always see lots of crunch, color and diverse flavors in our dishes.
The main goal on my blog is to provide ideas for healthy meals that take little time and will use the ingredients you have on hand. There is no need to fill your pantry with exotic ingredients when you can create special dishes with just a little extra thought, right? This tabbouleh (tabouli) dish is a perfect example of that because you can use whatever happens to be in your veggie crisper at the time. Don’t you love it when you can use up all those bits and pieces of peppers, zucchinis and carrots?
I found an organic tabbouleh mix on sale and tried it for the first time and I was not disappointed because it proved to be a big time saver. It contains couscous, dehydrated onions, parsley, and garlic, canola oil and spearmint. No junk! This dish was as simple as combining the olive oil and hot water and placing in the fridge for one hour while you prep and roast your choice of veggies.
I roasted tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, lemons and zucchini and later added raw cucumber, carrots and cherry tomatoes. Roasting the lemon with the other veggies adds that extra zing and if you roast a half lemon you can add the juice to the couscous – fabulous!
Roasted veggies add a layer of rich, complex flavors to this popular Middle Eastern dish and some naan bread or whole wheat pita is a nice accompaniment. You can use either bulgur or couscous – your preference. Bulgur is used in the original recipe. My readers know that I always insist on fresh herbs and this is no exception. Although I used dehydrated parsley, I included fresh parsley as well and lots of basil. Mint would be a great addition, too. I’m sure you’ll agree you can never have too many fresh herbs!
It’s been such a cold winter and I’ve found myself creating Spring recipes in my head and a bowl full of veggie goodness like this has me craving more. This dish is great year round and grilling the veggies in the summer would be so easy. I hope you’ll try this, it’s become my new go-to recipe on the run.
Thanks so much for having me, Michelle. Such a treat to be part of your beautiful site!
- 1 cup bulgar wheat or couscous
- 2 zucchini, sliced
- 2 lemons, (1 sliced, 1 halved)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 red pepper, cut in thin strips
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 2 Japanese cucumbers
- 1 pound of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks or sliced very thinly (can be roasted or raw)
- ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
- ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Prepare bulgur or couscous according to package directions
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Combine zucchini, lemons, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, red pepper, olive oil and salt and pepper in large bowl. Toss to ensure the vegetables are evenly coated.
- Place on baking tray and roast for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Add the Japanese cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, basil and parsley to the bulgur and toss. Squeeze the juice of the roasted half lemon over the mixture in bowl. Add roasted veggies and feta cheese, mixing gently from the bottom to the top.
More healthy dishes from Simply Fresh Dinners
Healthy Cabbage Salad
Cauliflower Rice with Roasted Tomatoes
Roasted Lemon and Garlic Hummus with Cilantro
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