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September 12, 2017

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Couscous Confetti Salad

This holiday recipe comes together in a snap, making it a great dish for Yom Kippur. Couscous is a pasta from northern Africa that cooks almost instantly and, in this dish, helps make a beautiful, flavorful salad. Whole-wheat couscous is sold in natural food stores and some supermarkets.

Makes 8 (1-cup) servings


1 1/2 cups dry whole-wheat couscous
2 cups boiling water
3 to 4 green onions, finely chopped, including tops
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 carrot, grated
1 to 2 cups finely shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup golden raisins or chopped dried apricots
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt


In a large bowl, combine couscous and boiling water. Stir to mix, then cover and let stand until all the water has been absorbed, 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. 

Add green onions, bell pepper, carrot, cabbage, parsley, and raisins or apricots. 

In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, vinegar, curry powder, and salt. Add to salad and toss to mix. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Source: Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Diabetes by Patricia Bertron, R.D.; recipe by Jennifer Raymond, M.S., R.D.

Per 1-cup serving: Calories: 194; Fat: 2.1 g; Saturated Fat: 0.3 g; Calories from Fat: 9.8%; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 5.2 g; Carbohydrates: 40.2 g; Sugar: 10 g; Fiber: 4.2 g; Sodium: 283 mg; Calcium: 33 mg; Iron: 1.1 mg; Vitamin C: 40.9 mg; Beta-Carotene: 1157 mcg; Vitamin E: 0.7 mg

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Food for  Life

Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Learn more here >>

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