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Couscous with Fresh Cilantro and Lemon Juice

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 2/3 cups water
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 1/2 cups plain couscous
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and turmeric; stir 1 minute. Add 1 2/3 cups water, lemon peel, and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt; bring to boil. Remove pan from heat. Stir in couscous. Cover; let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff with fork; mix in cilantro and lemon juice. Season with pepper and additional coarse salt, if desired.

Mushroom and White Bean Stew over Couscous


1-1/2 pounds small whole white mushrooms
1-1/2 cups couscous
1-pound can stewed tomatoes

1-pound can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional) or use soy.
1 cup diced onions 
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1-1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
2 cups water
2 pinches cayenne pepper


Quickly rinse and dry the mushrooms, and trim off the ends of the stems. Cut any large mushrooms in half.
Coat a large nonstick wok or 12-inch skillet with olive-oil cooking spray and preheat over medium to medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, onions, garlic, and Italian seasoning, and cook, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender.
While the mushrooms are cooking, place the water in a 1-quart saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the couscous and cover. Remove from the heat, and allow to sit for 5 minutes, or until all of the water has been absorbed.
Using a knife, slightly cut up the tomatoes in the can. Add the tomatoes, beans, and cayenne pepper to the mushroom mixture. Stir to mix, and cook for about 3 minutes, or until heated through.
Stir the parsley into the couscous. Divide the couscous among individual serving plates, and top with the stew. Serve immediately, as is or topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Sweet Couscous 


2 cups couscous
3 cups water
1-3/4 cups raisins
1 onion, chopped
4 Tbsp slivered blanched almonds
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

2 Tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground ginger
Sea salt to taste
3 Tbsp honey
2 oranges, peeled, white membranes removed, chopped


Place the couscous in a bowl and pour on the water. Let sit while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
Place the raisins in a bowl and pour on boiling water to cover. Let sit 15 minutes, then drain and retain the soaking water. Add water to measure 2 cups.
Sauté the onion over medium-low heat until it begins to turn golden. Add the raisins, almonds, dried apricots, spices, honey, and soaking liquid from the raisins. Cook couscious and toss with the sweet, spicy sauce and the oranges…


Susan Powter

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Susan Powter

Susan Powter (born 22 December 1957) is an Australian-born American motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer, and author, who rose to fame in the 1990s with her catchphrase "Stop the Insanity!", the centerpiece of her weight-loss infomercial. She hosted her own talk show The Susan Powter Show in the 1990s.

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