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
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