Roasted Chickpea Couscous Bowls

Look for a satisfying meatless meal pack with plant based protein? Try these Roasted Chickpea Couscous Bowls! This Mediterranean-inspired, vegetarian meal is made with Israeli couscous, colorful veggies, and crispy chickpeas.

Look for a satisfying meatless meal? Try these Roasted Chickpea Couscous Bowls! This Mediterranean-inspired, vegetarian meal is made with Israeli couscous, colorful veggies, and crispy chickpeas. #IsraeliCouscous #Mediterranean #MeatlessMonday #Vegetarian #HealthyRecipes #RoastedChickpeas

I have been craving lots of Mediterranean-inspired dishes lately. Everything from lentil power bowls to couscous salad.

For this recipe, Israeli couscous (also known as pearled couscous) is the star.

How do I cook Israeli couscous? 

I’m going to let you in on a little cooking hack. Before boiling your couscous, toast it for an extra nutty, caramelized flavor. Try toasting other grains like farro, quinoa, or rice for other recipes, too!

In this recipe, I’m toasting couscous with oil, garlic, and green onions before adding the broth. I like to use the whites of the green onions (shown on the left) for cooking and the green tops (shown on the right) for garnishing.

Slide the photo to see the white base vs the green tops of green onions

Where do I find Israeli couscous?

Couscous can be found in the rice and grains aisle. It can sometimes be tricky to find. If you can’t find it in stores, you can also order it online. Be sure to look for ”Israeli” or “pearled” couscous as opposed to traditional couscous, which is smaller in size.

Is couscous healthy? 

Couscous contains plant based protein, fiber and other important nutrients. Couscous is particularly unique because it is high in selenium, a power antioxidant. However, like pasta or white rice, couscous is higher in simple or refined carbohydrates and calories so be mindful of portions. 

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How do I make these couscous bowls?

Don’t be intimidated by the different steps. This recipe calls for simple ingredients and comes together in 40 minutes or less.

  1. First, roast your chickpeas. Mix all roasted chickpea ingredients together and then bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Next, roast your vegetables. In the same bowl as the chickpeas (less dishes!), mix all roasted vegetable ingredients together and bake with the chickpeas for another 20 minutes. 
  3. Then, make your couscous. Toast the Israeli couscous then pour the vegetable broth over and simmer.
  4. Finally, assemble the bowls. Start with the cooked couscous, then add roasted vegetables and crispy chickpeas. Garnish with goat cheese, green onions, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Customize the roasted vegetables your way 

I love the variety of color from using zucchini, tomatoes, and yellow pepper. However, you can customize and use any quick-cooking vegetables you have on hand. Try using different colors of sweet peppers or yellow squash instead of zucchini. Aim for around 4-6 cups of raw chopped vegetables to roast.

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These Roasted Chickpea Couscous Bowls are the perfect meatless meal 

These mediterranean couscous bowls are a filling option for a Meatless Monday. Adding more healthy plant-based meals into your week is beneficial for both your health and the environment. Serve these bowls by themselves or alongside a leafy green salad or crusty whole grain bread.

Detailed view of couscous bowl
Roasted Chickpea Couscous Bowls

Roasted Chickpea Couscous Bowls

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Look for a satisfying meatless meal? Try these couscous bowls made with Israeli couscous, colorful veggies, and crispy chickpeas.

Ingredients

Roasted Chickpeas:

  • 1 -15 ounce can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

Roasted Vegetables:

  • 1 large zucchini or yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch half moons
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large sweet pepper of your choice (yellow, red, or orange), cut into large cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Couscous:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 green onions, sliced (you will sauté the white slices and save the green slices for garnishing - see pictures above)
  • 1 cup pearled (Israeli) couscous, uncooked
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable broth

Toppings:

  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Sliced green onions
  • Lemon wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Roasted Chickpeas: In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, oil, thyme, and smoked paprika. Toss to coat. Add to a lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Roasted Vegetables: In the same bowl as the chickpeas, add the zucchini, tomatoes, pepper, oil, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Add to another lined baking sheet. Once chickpeas have baked for 10 minutes, gently shake the pan and return to the oven. Add vegetables into the oven as well. Bake chickpeas and vegetables for another 20 minutes.
  4. Couscous: While chickpeas and vegetables are roasting, prepare couscous. Add oil to a pot over medium heat. Stir in garlic, green onion whites, and couscous. Toast until lightly browned and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Then, add vegetable broth and simmer covered for 8 minutes (or cook according to package instructions).
  5. Build the final bowls by adding cooked couscous, followed by roasted vegetables and chickpeas, then top with goat cheese, green onions, and lemon wedges for squeezing over.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 520mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 11gSugar: 13gProtein: 16g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Nutrition vary depending on ingredients used. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional registered dietitian nutritionist’s advice.

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