Main Dishes Salads

Ginger Lentil Cous Cous

We are continuing our light recipe trend after the heavy eating of the holidays.  I know that I’m happy to be eating lighter again.  This recipe is an easy-to-throw-together salad that’s great for lunch or a pot luck.

Playing with flavors is so much fun, and this recipe does just that.  It has Asian and Middle Eastern influences. The mandarin oranges are a great contrast to the lentils and couscous, adding a sweet and savory flavor.

Give this one a try!

Note:  This recipe has a high carb count.  If you want to drop it by half, substitute quinoa for the couscous.

Ginger Lentil Cous Cous
Author: Simply Playful Fare
Ingredients
  • 1 10 oz box Couscous, cooked with chicken broth instead of the water (use the box’s instructions)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup red Lentils, cooked
  • 1 11oz can mandarin oranges in light syrup
  • 2 teaspoons reserved light syrup from the mandarin oranges
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine the cooked couscous, cooked lentils, mandarin oranges, and cilantro in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, sesame oil, grated ginger, and reserved light syrup to a small sauce pan.
  3. Whisk together, bring to a boil, and remove from heat. Let cool.
  4. Once the sauce is cool, add it to the bowl and fold to combine well.
  5. Store in the fridge and enjoy!
Serving size: 5 servings, 186 g Calories: 342 Fat: 1.6 g Carbohydrates: 66.3 g Protein: 14.7 g

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