Curried Couscous with Dried Cranberries

Need a super easy side dish to bring to a BBQ? I’ve got your answer right here. I promise it looks and sounds way fancier than it actually is. My recipe changes slightly every time I make this depending on the ingredients I have in my kitchen, which means it’s easy to adapt. In fact, the original recipe calls for parsley, but I had a huge bunch of cilantro so I used that instead. And you know what? I think I liked it even better. (Of course, you crazy cilantro haters feel free to sub in parsley. It’s delicious, too.) The other fab thing about this side is it takes no time to prepare. The couscous takes about five minutes to cook and you can accomplish almost every other step while you wait.

I brought this to a BBQ last weekend to celebrate one of my sweet yoga friends, Megan, who’s moving to D.C. this week. She’s super awesome, stylish, and talented (need proof? check out her paperie company Ruby the Fox). We’re all going to miss her so much. Isn’t it funny how, as an adult, you don’t make new friends very often? It’s not like when you were a kid and the girl on the swing next to yours instantly became your BFF. I didn’t realize this was the case until I started yoga teacher training earlier this year and met so many wonderful new people. Many of us have become super close and I know we’ll be in each other’s lives for a long time to come (even those moving to the east coast…tear.) When I walked into that first day of Teacher Training in January I was overwhelmed by the number of faces I saw in there. How would I ever get to know them all? Now, looking back, it’s hard to believe these people were ever strangers because we’ve become one big yoga family. I always know no matter which CorePower studio I go to and what time of day I go, I’m going to see someone I know and adore. As if I didn’t already love yoga enough this gives me even more reason to come back to my mat day after day. So here’s to all of my fabulous new friends: Thank you so much for sharing this amazing journey together. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for each of us.

And just for fun here are some pics from the party (Melissa, thank you so much for hosting!)

Melissa, Me, Michelle, and Megan

Megan & Melissa

Katherine, Julia, Me, Kristen, Michelle

The gang : )

I almost forgot to include the recipe!

Curried Couscous with Cranberries

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups couscous

1/4 cup plain yogurt (plain Greek yogurt works, too)

1/4 olive oil

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp curry powder

1/4 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

1 carrot peeled and shredded

1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

1/2 cup dried cranberries

2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)

1/4 cup blanched, sliced almonds

1/2 red onion, diced

Preparation

Boil 1 1/2 cups of water. Remove from heat, add couscous, cover and allow couscous to absorb all of the fluid–about 5 minutes. Once cooked, fluff with a fork.

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, curry, turmeric, salt and pepper. Pour over couscous and mix well until couscous turns bright yellow color. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa 

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