Israeli Style Couscous with Lemon and Leeks
1 c Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend
1 1/2 c vegan chicken broth
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp butter
1 c water
1 tbsp flax seeds
1/8 tsp celery seed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried parsley
1 lemon (zest and juice, divided)
How to prepare the leeks: cut off the white end and the dark green tops, discard. Slice remaining chunk into half moons and separate the “rings” in a bowl of cold water. The leeks will float to the top, and the dirt/sand will sink to the bottom. Scoop the leeks out with a slotted spoon and put aside.
In a medium sized saucepan, add olive oil and butter until melted. Sweat leeks over medium-low heat with salt until they’ve softened and there doesn’t appear to be any liquid in the pot (about 8 minutes). Add flax seeds and half of the lemon zest, stir to combine for about 1 minute. Add “chicken” broth, celery seed, and parsley. Bring to a boil, add the grains, cover and let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently (it tends to stick to the bottom of the pot!) Once the liquid is absorbed, add 1 cup water and stir, stir, stir! Add half of the lemon juice, cover, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes (test frequently, cooking time can vary). When all the liquid is evaporated and the grains are done cooking, finish with remaining lemon juice/zest and serve.
(This recipe is listed as vegan because the butter is optional, you can substitute with vegan butter or double the amount of olive oil instead.)
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