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Medjool Date Citrus Couscous

Ingredients:

1 cup couscous

1 ¼ cup water or chicken stock

1 tsp each salt and pepper

2 lemons, zested and juiced

12 Natural Delights Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

2 Tbsp olive oil

½ cucumber, sliced

¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

½ cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

3 Tbsp parsley, chopped

Preparation:

  1. Place the couscous in a large bowl with a tight-fitting lid.

  2. Set a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the water, salt and pepper and half the lemon zest. Bring to a boil, then pour the water mixture over the dried couscous, stir lightly and cover for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the cover and using a fork, gently fluff up the couscous. Stir in the oil, lemon juice and remaining zest along with the Medjool dates, cucumber, chickpeas, pine nuts and parsley.

  4. Garnish with more of the pine nuts and chopped parsley. Serve either warm or chilled.