Solo: Zesty Herb Couscous

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Solo: Zesty Herb Couscous

Couscous with roasted cauliflower and cranberries, topped with tender chicken fillets and a zesty dressing.

Ingredients to serve 1

  • ¼ head x cauliflower – cut into small florets
  • ¼ cup x couscous
  • ½ cup x boiling water (for the couscous)
  • ¼ x lemon
  • 1 tbsp x sunflower seeds
  • ¼ clove x garlic – peel, grate finely & chop
  • 1 tbsp x yoghurt
  • ½ tbsp x olive oil (from your pantry, for the dressing)
  • 150g x chicken fillets
  • ¼ tsp x mixed herbs
  • 5g x parsley – remove leaves & chop roughly
  • 5g x mint – remove leaves & chop roughly
  • 1 tbsp x cranberries – chop roughly
  • olive oil (from your pantry)
  • salt & pepper (from your pantry)
  • tin foil (from your pantry)
  • cling wrap (from your pantry)
  • butter (from your pantry)


Step 1

Preparation: Preheat the oven to 200°C. Prepare all ingredients as indicated above. Boil the kettle.

Step 2

Cauliflower: Place the cauliflower florets on a tin foil lined baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Step 3

Couscous: Put the couscous in a large bowl, mix through some salt and pour over the boiling water (see quantity above for the couscous). Cover with cling wrap, leave to stand and swell for 10 minutes. Remove the cling wrap and fluff up the couscous with a fork.

Step 4

Lemon: Using the fine side of a box grater, grate the peel of the lemon to create lemon zest. Then cut the lemon in half and juice the lemon.

Step 5

Sunflower seeds: Place a small pan on high heat and dry toast the sunflower seeds for 2-3 minutes until golden. Toss often to make sure they don’t burn. Remove from stove and set aside.

Step 6

Dressing: Mix together the garlic, the lemon zest, HALF the lemon juice and the yoghurt. Slowly whisk in the olive oil (see quantity above for the dressing). Season with salt and pepper and the REST of the lemon juice to taste.

Step 7

Chicken: Place a large pan on medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil and a knob of butter. Season the chicken fillets with salt, pepper and the mixed herbs and add it to the pan. Brown the chicken for about 5 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Step 8

Couscous mix: In a bowl, mix together the couscous, roasted cauliflower, sunflower seeds, parsley and mint, cranberries and HALF the dressing.

Step 9

Serve the couscous mix topped with the chicken and drizzle with the REST of the dressing.