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Butter Beans, Tzatziki & Couscous 01/24/11

Lee-Anne Holmes shares a scrumptious couscous recipe that's quick, easy and delicious.


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This was originally a Turkish recipe that I got from my friend, Natalia, which I have modified a bit over time. The one thing that I like about this recipe is that it is a pretty quick, healthy and delicious meal to make.

Butter Beans, Tzatziki & Couscous
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 tins of butter beans in water/brine (not in tomato sauce)
1 pack of mushrooms, sliced
1 small tin of tomato paste
2 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed
Salt & Pepper
Olive oil
Couscous
Butter

Tzatziki:
1 large tub of Bulgarian yoghurt
1 whole cucumber, grated
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Salt

What you'll need

Method:
Heat up a little olive oil in a large saucepan and fry the onions and green peppers until soft. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, tomato paste, garlic and some salt and pepper. Drain the butter beans. Mix everything together and reduce to a medium heat. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Simmer on medium heat for around 10 minutes

While that is simmering, you can make the tzatziki – simply mix the yoghurt, cucumber and garlic together in medium-sized bowl.

The last thing you need to make is the couscous. I usually follow the instructions on the back of the box.
Pour 250ml of water into a large saucepan with 1 teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil. Bring to the boil and remove from heat. Pour and stir in 250g of couscous and allow to swell for 2 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons of butter and return to the stove on a low heat for 3 minutes while continually stirring with a fork to separate all the grains.

Almost ready to serve

Now that everything is ready, it’s time to dish up! First dish up some couscous, top with the bean mix and finish with a few generous dollops of tzatziki..

The finished dish. Yum.

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editor February 7, 2011 Reply

I made this with rice and it worked really well.

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Matthew February 8, 2011 Reply

Made this dish last night – came out very well.
Thanks!

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