Feta cheese chickpeas couscous with roasted sweet potato

February 2, 2011

Feta cheese chickpeas couscous with roasted sweet potato

I was supposed to visit the grocery store today (well, actually yesterday)… but the slushy weather, the fact I need to take the girls with me, carry stuff back home alone and all the blablas made me so lazy… I didn’t go.  uh (anyone there like me? please?)

No grocery shopping, not much ingredients to make dinner with. I had to think fast… feta cheese and one big sweet potato in the fridge… adding this and that we had something to eat! :)

Feta cheese garbanzo beans couscous with roasted sweet potato

serves 4

  • 2 dl dry couscous
  • 200 ml boiling water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (400g) can of chickpeas, drained. I used organic chickpeas in water with no added salt
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • cumin, salt, pepper, paprika to taste
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 big sweet potato (orange fleshed variety), peeled and cut into chunks
  • garlic powder
  • white pepper
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 150g feta cheese, cut in cubes
  • 1 tbsp parsley (I used dry. Use fresh herbs preferably)

Heat oven to 200°C. Combine the sweet potatoes chunks, olive oil, salt, garlic powder and pepper in a large bowl, toss to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake until golden and crisp, about 20 minutes (check if soft with a fork). Reserve.

Bring water to boil in a small saucepan, add the salt and olive oil. Stir in the dry couscous removing from heat. Place the lid and let stand until all liquid has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork and add a dash of olive oil (or a knob of butter)

In a large skillet fry the onions and add the cumin. When it gets fragrant, add the drained chickpeas, paprika powder, salt and pepper to taste. My chickpeas were without salt but if you are using salted ones, be careful when adding the spices. Keep in mind you are going to mix everything together in the end (couscous and feta cheese).

When the chickpeas get warm enough, remove the skillet from heat. Add the ready couscous, using a wooden fork to combine everything. Toss in the chunks of sweet potatoes and feta cheese. At last, add the tomatoes and sprinkle with parsley.

I like to add drops of lemon juice before eating but it is totally optional.

You can eat this as salad for the next day. It tastes good cold too ^_^.

Feta cheese chickpeas couscous with roasted sweet potato


9 Responses to “Feta cheese chickpeas couscous with roasted sweet potato”

  1. ChantaleP Says:

    Feta with couscous, yum!! Perfect comfort food for a wintry day like today. Love it!

  2. sheri Says:

    Wonderful way to creatively make a meal from what’s on hand! I put off the grocery trip quite regularly. If the girl is yawning in the backseat I know it will be more of a problem to drag her in with me than to just postpone one more day…
    What I need are ideas to scrabble a beautiful dish together like this with varied ingredients. Thank you for the idea :)

  3. Ohayo Bento Says:

    For not having groceries, this looks delicious. Don’t worry about going to the store, put it off for another day or two and say that you are doing a study to see how creative you can cook. ^_^

  4. Akemi Says:

    Poxa, já me aconteceu milhares de vezes da preguicite aguda me impedir de ir até a esquina comprar alguma coisa no mercadinho, entendo muuuuito bem! rsss
    Se por um lado é ruim, de outro é bom porque nos obriga a usar a criatividade e transformar ingredientes numa bela combinação como vc nos apresentou! Saudade do queijo feta, uma delícia que não encontramos por aqui! Fico aqui imaginando o salgado do queijo com a doçura da batata mais a textura granulada do couscous…. hummmmm! Babei aqui! :D

  5. karaimame Says:

    Thank you Chantale! It was very fulfilling and good ^_^.

  6. karaimame Says:

    Hmh, I know what you mean… yawning kids before grocery shopping=trouble ahead! ;)
    Thank you for the kind comment!

  7. karaimame Says:

    I always think it is a good way to make a clean up of everything in the pantry ^_^.
    Thanks Heather! =)

  8. karaimame Says:

    :) Ai que bom que nao sou só eu… preguicite é fogo né Akemi-chan? :P
    Sério mesmo que nao tem queijo feta aí fácil? Fiquei pensando se nao daria para fazer a batata doce com um queijo ricota seca… nao teria o azedinho do feta, mas o salgado estaria presente ^_^.
    Beijoooo, obrigada pelo comentário!

  9. Laura Says:

    Eggplant!!!! Compramos!!!!
    Agora só falta provar!

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