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Bright Colored Vegetables with Whole Wheat Pearl Cous Cous

Bright Colored Vegetables with Whole Wheat Cous Cous

Bright Colored Vegetables with Whole Wheat Pearl Cous Cous

Yesterday I spent the day with Aunt Betty. My mom’s sister, Aunt Betty is the one who used to serve about sixteen side dishes of every imaginable vegetable at Thanksgiving, and this alongside a counter lined with homemade cakes, pies, and cookies.


 Somehow I believe she was always keeping up the spirit of her own beloved grandmother who used to do the same for large family crowds apparently most every single Sunday and the memories and admiration of these times simply endured.

Now in her eighties, Aunt Betty’s energy might be a challenge for even those in their twenties, and this with a clear mind and propensity for having a lot of fun. Hmm. Maybe it was all the vegetables.


Yes, Aunt Betty is the one to go to a bar along with my siblings and inspire an entire customer base into a long Conga line. And yes, I have been privy to this on occasions, young and old alike joining in and before you know it everyone at the establishment is calling her ‘Aunt Betty,’ I’ve never quite seen anything like it. It’s even hard to be embarrassed by such episodes since it becomes pretty clear everyone wishes she were their aunt too.


Now today’s story line was supposed to be that sometimes a recipe doesn’t need a story like today’s recipe. Spending the day with Aunt Betty did not afford me much time preparing for dinner. But maybe, like those memories of her grandmother, perhaps my own memories with Aunt Betty  inspired me to rapid speed in prepping lots of vegetables for this simple meal.


The vegetables used in this dish are just a guideline, an example that provides you an idea on what you might quickly prepare for dinner even using from what is currently in your own fresh vegetable bin.

On the other hand, if you prep a lot of vegetables lending an optimum healthy combination of vitamins and minerals, then perhaps it may follow that you too might grow into your eighties having such great spirit and energy to lead a Conga line among people of all ages in any given establishment someday.  But for today perhaps begin with Bright Colored Vegetables with Whole Wheat Pearl Cous Cous.



Bright Colored Vegetables with Whole Wheat Pearl Cous Cous

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Category: Pasta-Rice-Grains, Veggies

Cuisine: American Homestyle

Servings: 6

Bright Colored Vegetables with Whole Wheat Pearl Cous Cous


  • 1 cup prepared whole wheat pearl cous cous
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, half moon slices
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced, then cut in half
  • 2 small summer squash, sliced, then cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 pound haricot verts, stems removed, blanched in boiling water for three minutes then refreshed in ice water
  • 1 ten ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen petite green peas, thawed
  • coarse kosher salt
  • cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook whole wheat pearl cous cous according to package directions, including the suggested salt and olive oil
  2. Heat a large sized saute pan, pour in 3 tablespoons olive oil, swirl to cover the bottom
  3. Add in the onion and red pepper and cook on low temperature for three minutes to just soften
  4. Tumble in the zucchini, summer squash, and garlic, stir to combine vegetables, cooking until squash are tender, around five to seven minutes
  5. Stir in the blanched haricot verts, cook another minute or two
  6. Stir through the garbanzo beans
  7. Stir through the whole wheat pearl cous cous
  8. Gently fold in the petite peas
  9. Sprinkle in a few teaspoons kosher salt and a few grinds of cracked black pepper, check seasoning, adjust to taste
  10. Transfer warmed vegetable dish to a serving bowl
  11. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley

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  1. Jay
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    The dish looks great and the story is magical. I think most everybody has an Aunt Betty in their family. Do I hear conga line? bump bump bump bump BUMP

    • Posted April 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much on the dish, though I’d reckon to say there is no one quite like my Aunt Betty, and especially when it comes to Conga lines! Gotta laugh on the bump though.

  2. Sooky
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I liked this dish but I really laughed about Aunt Betty because that is exactly what she is like! Fun story.

    • Posted April 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Sooky, happy you enjoyed it, yes, this really is what Aunt Betty is like, one of a kind special. Happy you liked the dish with all the bright colored vegetables too!

  3. Posted April 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Another delicious sounding dish, Peggy! All those bright colored veggies are making me wish for summer and my backyard garden even more! And great story about Aunt Betty. She sounds like quite a gal!
    Jessica H. recently posted…Almondina Review + GiveawayMy Profile

    • Posted April 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Jessica, I know what you mean about the bright colored veggies making you wish for summer- me too! Can’t wait to begin the garden this year too, I think we will all be appreciating the warmer days ahead after the extreme season behind us. Yes, Aunt Betty is quite a gal! See you on livinglavidaholoka, the almondina looked great today. Thanks again for joining in.

  4. Posted April 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    This looks so delicious. Your blog has so many fresh recipes and beautiful food photography! I’d love for you to link a recipe or two (or three) up with our recipe writers link up!


    • Posted April 2, 2014 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      Hi Amanda, thanks so much and for joining in. I’d be happy to share some recipes with your link-up. Its a matter of technology so I’ll do my best to make it work. Thanks again, and nice job on your themes.

  5. Posted April 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Peggy, your Aunt Betty sounds delightful. What a wonderful gift you have in your relationship. You are both so blessed. And I Iove the spirit of this dish. The veggies are light, like the whisper of spring on winter’s (the beans’ ) door. Great combination!
    Kelly recently posted…Broiled Ruby Red Grapefruit: A Surprise TreatMy Profile

    • Posted April 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kelly, thank you so much. My Aunt Betty is truly amazing and she has been a big part of my life since I was born. I know how much you care for your niece and the power of your love for her and the memories and moments that you have both shared together are immeasurable, they will truly have a big impact in her life, forever. In my life, the love of an aunt is deep and abiding, a treasure that you can never, ever, repay, but she changes your life in simple to magnificent ways and despite many flaws just loves you anyhow, simply and perfectly the way you are. I love the poetic, whisper of spring… the dish is great just simple, but the colors and promise of spring burst forth. Can’t wait to share your Sangria Guest Post on Spiced Peach Blog, meanwhile, I’ll be checking out how you are broiling that ruby red grapefruit! Thanks for joining in Kelly.

  6. Posted April 1, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    This looks great! I am going to pin this recipe so I remember to make it soon! 🙂
    Rachel recently posted…9 Silly Pranks to Play on Your Toddler & the Time for Mom Link Up!My Profile

    • Posted April 1, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rachel, thanks so much. The dish is very easy but I love its color and flavor combinations that give us a lovely respite from our difficult winter. I got a kick out of your silly pranks to play on your toddler today. Its very impressive how you put so much goodness and creativity into being a mother. Hope you and your family will enjoy the dish, thanks for the pin, and for joining in!

  7. Posted April 2, 2014 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    This looks absolutely delicious! Not to mention that I love the story that goes along with it. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try, it has me drooling!
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    • Posted April 2, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      Hi Felicia, I hope you will give this easy, good for you dish a try. Loving your photos, nice work on fels photos.com Enjoy the journey and best of luck as you progress!
      Thanks so much for joining in on Spiced Peach Blog.

  8. Posted April 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Now that sounds like a terrific Thanksgiving spread from Aunt Betty! This looks so amazing. Makes for a great summer dish sitting on the deck/patio with a bbq!
    Phil recently posted…The Fat Man strikes again at Veniero’s in NYC!My Profile

    • Posted April 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      Phil, Hello, so great to see you! Yes, Aunt Betty always put out quite a spread. Thanks on the dish, the bright colors are especially enticing, and sure would make for a great summer dish sitting on the deck patio. See you on the regular guy nyc!

  9. Posted April 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    This sounds delicious! I love all of those veggies. 🙂

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