Moroccan Mushrooms With Couscous


This is the first Moroccan dish that I made over the weekend. I can't believe how delicious it turned out! I was looking for a good couscous recipe and came upon this Moroccan Mushrooms dish. The balance of spices and tomatoes were amazing. The ingredients are given in weights instead of by the American cups and spoons standard so if you don't have a food scale at home, don't worry. You can easily get the measurement by looking at the grams measurements on the can labels of the diced tomatoes and chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Even mushrooms have the measurement on the label if you buy them in wrapped boxes. As for the couscous, I just made 2 cups. 

A quick note about the health benefits of couscous. It is a good source of proteins, fiber, B vitamins, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, and pantothenic acid - all essential nutrients that help your nervous, heart and immune system functioning well. 

Moroccan Mushrooms with Couscous adapted from Arabic Food


1 red onion, sliced
1 tsp olive oil
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
300g mushrooms, quartered
400g can chopped tomatoe
410g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 tsp clear honey
175g couscous
50g soft dried apricots, diced
handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped 


Fry the onion in the oil for 6 mins until softened. Add the cinnamon and cumin and cook for 1 min, stirring. Add the mushrooms, cook for 2 mins, then stir in the tomatoes, chickpeas and honey. Season with salt and simmer for 7-8 mins.

How to Cook Couscous
2 cups couscous
2 cups water 

Meanwhile, mix the couscous with the dried apricots and some salt (optional) in a bowl. Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in couscous. Cover and let stand for 8-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. If couscous is not softened, cover and let stand for a couple more minutes. 

To serve, stir in the parsley and top with the mushroom mixture. Great served with some green beans.

Nutrition per serving:

245 calories, protein 11g, carbohydrate 44g, fat 4 g, saturated fat 0g, fibre 6g, sugar 11g, salt 0.51 g