Monday, 22 September 2014

Meatless Monday #8

This week's Meatless Monday is a mash-up of two recipes: Ratatouille with Pearl Couscous.

Don't be deceived by the name - ratatouille is a quick and simple recipe to throw together, with rich and bold flavours. I would describe ratatouille as various vegetables stewed in a thick, flavourful tomato-based sauce. You can keep it traditional by using the exact vegetables, or use whichever you prefer, or are in season.

I scored over a kilogram of mushrooms at a reduced price, so I've been adding them to all of my savoury meals this past week.

The pearl couscous adds more body to the meal, as well as making it more calorically dense. You could, of course, team the ratatouille with regular couscous, rice or potatoes. I think it could even make a lovely, chunky pasta sauce. 


100g Pearl Couscous
2/3 Can Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Red Capsicum, diced
1/4 Large Red Onion, diced
3-4 Portello Mushrooms, cut into chunks
1 Carrot, peeled and diced
1 tsp Crushed Garlic
Dried Basil
Dried Oregano
Optional: 1-2 Tbsp Salsa - it's far from traditional, but can add more flavour and spice to the dish


Add the couscous to a boiling pot of water, stirring occasionally
In another saucepan, brown the onion and garlic, then add the rest of the ingredients
Continue to simmer the sauce as the couscous cooks, around 7-10 minutes
Once cooked, drain the couscous, add to the ratatouille and cook for a further 5 minutes, then serve

Makes 1 serve


546 calories
24g protein
3.6g fat
107.8g carbs
23.3g sugar
20.4g fibre


  1. I've never actually heard of pearl couscous but it looks really yum and hearty. Is it hard to get hold of, I wonder?

    1. Pearl couscous is also sometimes referred to as Israeli couscous.
      If you're in Australia, you can find it in Coles, either in the pasta aisle (it's in a blue box) or the nut/seed/grain self serve weighing stations.
      You can also find it online at iHerb:
      Hope that helps.

      Thanks for commenting.