Couscous in the Thermomix- the simpler yet delicious version that our family really enjoyed.

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Couscous in the Thermomix- the simpler yet delicious version that our family really enjoyed.

 


 

Serves 6

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 1/2 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 3 onions, peeled and halved
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 6 merguez sausages (make your own from scratch following our recipe here)
  • 20g olive oil
  • 400g carrots
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 500g water
  • 400g courgettes
  • 70g raisins
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 300g couscous
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste (optional)

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Mix 1tsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp paprika, 2tbsp olive oil with a bit of salt. Rub the chicken drumsticks in the spice mixture.
  3. Add 3 onions, halved, 1/2 bunch fresh coriander and 1/2 bunch fresh parsley to the mixing bowl. Chop for 10 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add 20g olive oil and cook for 3 minutes / 100C / speed 1.
  5. In the meantime, cook the sausages and chicken drumsticks in the oven. Alternatively you can cook both in the Varoma by putting the Varoma dish in place at step 7
  6. Peel and chop 400g carrots. Set aside. Chop 400g courgettes and place in the Varoma dish.
  7. Add the carrots to the mixing bowl, with 1tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, salt and pepper to taste and 500g water. Cook for 10 minutes / 100C / Reverse Speed low.
  8. Put the Varoma dish in place. Cook for a further 10 minutes / Varoma / Reverse speed low.
  9. In the meantime, cook the couscous as per packet instructions.
  10. Remove Varoma dish and set aside. Add 70g raisins 1 tbsp Harissa paste (if using – careful if you’re feeding children – Harissa is pure chilli!) and 1 can chickpeas to the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  11. Add the courgettes to the vegetable mix and serve with the couscous and the sausages.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

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Colourful Mediterranean couscous – with or without a Thermomix

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Colourful Mediterranean couscous – with or without a Thermomix

As I type this, it’s autumn here in the UK so we’re a long way from BBQ season again but there’s nothing wrong with a delicious, healthy salad at any time of the year.

One tip for this one: it’s even better the following day when the flavours have had plenty of time to develop!

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Colourful Mediterranean couscous – with or without a Thermomix

Serves 6

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 150g olive oil
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • About 10 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano.
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 300g pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 150g green beans
  • 150g couscous
  • 150g baby spinach
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 cucumber
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 20 fresh basil leaves or fresh coriander leaves
  • 170g feta cheese
  • 50g pine nuts
  • About 15 pitted black olives

Let’s go…

  1. Make the salad dressing: add 150g olive oil, juice of 3 lemons, 3 garlic cloves, 10 fresh basil leaves roughly chopped, 2 spring onions roughly chopped, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tsp dried oregano and salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 5. Set the dressing aside.
  2. No need to rinse your bowl.
  3. Add 1000g water to the mixing bowl and slot the Varoma into place. Peel & cube 300g pumpkin and add to the Varoma. Top with 150g fresh green beans.
  4. Rinse 150g couscous well in plenty of water (or it will not cook properly). Line top Varoma tray with baking paper. Add a few drops of water, add the couscous, evenly spread. Cook for 20 minutes / Varoma / Speed 1.
  5. When done, transfer couscous into a salad bowl, fluff with a fork. Add pumpkin, green beans, 150g baby spinach, 20 leaves of fresh basil, roughly chopped, 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, 50g pine nuts, 170g feta cheese, 15 pitted black olives, 1 cucumber, sliced, 250g cherry tomatoes, halved and the dressing. Toss together and enjoy!

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Moroccan chicken with lemony couscous. A Gousto recipe in the Thermomix

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Moroccan chicken with lemony couscous. A Gousto recipe in the Thermomix

This recipe came as part of our Gousto Box and was quite heavily adapted to work in the Thermomix.

If you’re not familiar with Gousto, they’re very much like HelloFresh, they’re a food box company. You pick the number of meals and number of people that suit your family and they deliver ALL the ingredients you need to cook delicious food, really quickly!

If you’ve not subscribed to Gousto, then the list of ingredients you need is below.

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Moroccan chicken with lemony couscous – a Gousto recipe cooked in the Thermomix

Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 60g blanched almonds
  • 2 onions, peeled and halved
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 red chilli (optional)
  • One dollop olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ras el hanout (here’s how to make your own)
  • 1 heaped tbsp chicken stock or 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 100g dried apricots
  • 8 chicken thighs fillets
  • 2 lemons
  • 240g couscous

 

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Place 60g blanched almonds on an oven tray and put in the oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Leave to cool.
  3. In the meantime, add onions, garlic cloves and chilli (optional) to the mixer bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5.
  4. Scrape down the sides
  5. Add a dollop of olive oil and cook for 3 minutes / 100C / Speed 1 without measuring cup.
  6. Add the ras el hanout and cook for 2 minutes / 100C / speed 1 without measuring cup.
  7. Add the chicken stock and 300ml water. Cook for 10 minutes / 100C / speed 2 without measuring cup.
  8. In the meantime, chop the chicken thighs into thick strips, chop the dried apricots roughly, zest the lemons and cut into quarters.
  9. Add the chicken strips, diced apricots to the mixer bowl and 4 lemon quarters. Cook for 15 minutes / 100C / low speed / reverse speed with measuring cup.
  10. When done, squeeze out the pulp from the cooked lemons into the sauce and discard the rind. Careful: it will be hot!
  11. In the meantime, add the lemon zest and couscous to a bowl. Add boiling water according to packet instructions.
  12. To serve: plate the chicken on top of the couscous and sprinkle with the chopped toasted almonds. Serve with the remaining lemon wedges.

Delicious. Bon appetit x


 

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