Solo: Tzatziki Couscous

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Solo: Tzatziki Couscous

Couscous salad served with tasty meatballs and zesty tzatziki.

Ingredients to serve 1

  • ¼ x lemon – zest & juice
  • ¼ x cucumber
  • ¼ cup x couscous
  • ¼ cup x boiling water (for the couscous)
  • 3g x fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp x yoghurt
  • ¼ clove x garlic – peel, grate finely & chop
  • ¼ x chilli (optional) – deseed & chop finely
  • ½ x tomato – dice (½ cm)
  • 15g x black olives – slice thinly (2mm)
  • 1 x spring onion – slice at an angle
  • 125g x beef mince
  • ¼ tsp x dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp x allspice
  • 3g x fresh dill – chop leaves finely
  • olive oil (from your pantry)
  • salt & pepper (from your pantry)
  • cling wrap (from your pantry)


Step 1

Preparation: Boil the kettle. Prepare all ingredients as indicated above.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Cucumber: Cut the ends off the cucumber, slice in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds with a teaspoon. Then dice HALF the cucumber in ½ cm cubes and grate the REST coarsely.

Step 4

Couscous: Put the couscous in a large bowl with a pinch of salt and pour over boiling water (see quantity above). Cover with cling wrap and leave to stand and swell for 10 minutes. Remove the cling wrap and fluff up with a fork. Set aside to cool down slightly.

Step 5

Tzatziki: Chop the mint leaves finely. Squeeze out as much liquid from the GRATED cucumber as possible. Mix with the yoghurt, garlic, lemon juice (¼ tbsp for 1), mint, dill, chilli (optional), olive oil (½ tbsp for 4; ¼ tbsp for 2) and season to taste. Mix in HALF the lemon zest.

Step 6

Couscous salad: Mix the DICED cucumber, tomatoes, olives and spring onions through the couscous. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 7

Meatballs: Mix together the beef mince, dried oregano, allspice and the REST of the lemon zest. Season generously with salt and pepper and shape the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a pan on medium-high heat. When hot, add the meatballs and cook for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked through. Move them around in the pan to make sure they brown evenly.

Step 8

Serve the couscous topped with tzatziki and meatballs.