Couscous Ratatouille

This couscous ratatouille is a delicious vegan medley of vegetables combined with giant couscous, making a perfectly filling quick healthy meal. It’s ideal as a family dinner and easily freezable too! 

This couscous ratatouille is a delicious vegan medley of vegetables combined with giant couscous, making a perfectly filling quick healthy meal. It's ideal as a family dinner and easily freezable too!

Couscous ratatouille is based on the classic French Provençal vegetable stew and the delicious flavours that go with that.

You can be sure you’re getting a good dose of your daily recommended nutritional intake from this healthy recipe.

This couscous ratatouille is a delicious vegan medley of vegetables combined with giant couscous, making a perfectly filling quick healthy meal. It's ideal as a family dinner and easily freezable too!

This Couscous Ratatouille Is Perfect For Vegan January

Firstly, Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! You may want to consider this vegetable based recipe after all that turkey! Ha ha! 😉

Anyway, so, you may recall that I mentioned in the oven baked salmon recipe that Lady Lynne and I are going vegan for January.

Well, this recipe provides an idea of the sort of meals you can expect here on neilshealthymeals, throughout that month, fitting into the usual theme of quick healthy meals, but being vegan!

This couscous ratatouille is a delicious vegan medley of vegetables combined with giant couscous, making a perfectly filling quick healthy meal. It's ideal as a family dinner and easily freezable too!

I must admit that when Lady Lynne told me I was going made the suggestion that we should both try a vegan only diet for that month, I had some trepidation, not only from a whole load of new meatless meals I’d have to think of, but also that fact of all the other things I might miss, like cheese and my beloved Greek yogurt!

However, I’ve thought about it more clearly now, and, actually going through some of the recipes here on neilshealthymeals, a lot of them can be tailored to be vegan. This comes from both of us not being huge red meat eaters, preferring white lean meats and / or fish, and a diet largely like the Mediterranean diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

For instance, I was making a batch of chorizo and lentil stew this week and it occurred to me that it could quite easily be made vegan. Removing the chorizo meat element, switching the chicken stock for vegetable stock and adding some kidney beans or chickpeas, extra red peppers and a little chilli too. Yum!

It’s going to be an interesting January, and I’ll keep you fully updated here. And, I hope you’ll follow Lynne and me on our vegan “journey”.

Uganda and Zanzibar

Firstly though, before vegan January……

There’s not long to go for Lynne and I now before our BIG holiday to Uganda and Zanzibar and hello Gorillas!

We’ve been saving hard for this, for months and months. Work for us both has been extremely challenging this year (but when is it not) and I’d be telling fibs if didn’t admit that I’m pretty exhausted with the long days I’ve been spending at work. Still it’ll all be worthwhile, and that’s why we work hard isn’t it?

Naturally, I’d far rather bring you 2 – 3 quick healthy meals and simple recipes every week, here on neilshealthymeals, but whilst some people may make their living off blogging, I’m a way off that for now!

Last weekend we had a fabulous lunch with Erin and Luke, which involved much good food with delicious shared tapas at the black dove and much good red wine and conversation too. Whilst blogging has never made me any money (yet), and that certainly wasn’t the intention when I set out on this journey, what is has done, is enrich my circle of friends. Good friends.

Lady Lynne and I have a few final holiday things to pick up this weekend. Some final shopping in Glasgow, you know, the typical British holiday requirements, like t bags and umpteen bottles of sunscreen. Then it’ll be time to begin the packing.

Packing has to be light. We’ll be travelling a bit by motorised transport of some sort in Uganda with g-adventures to get up into the jungle where we’ll base ourselves, for a few days, before trekking to hopefully find those amazing creatures!

Gorilla Trek Uganda

Naturally, packing wise, Lynne is trying to get in as many pairs of shoes as possible, whilst I’m fretting about my camera, spare lenses, tablet computer, and whether there will be wi-fi anywhere!

Anyway, enough said about that, without further ado here’s today’s recipe!

This couscous ratatouille is a delicious vegan medley of vegetables combined with giant couscous, making a perfectly filling quick healthy meal. It's ideal as a family dinner and easily freezable too!
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Couscous Ratatouille
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 
This couscous ratatouille is a delicious vegan medley of vegetables combined with giant couscous, making for a perfect filling quick healthy meal.
Course: Dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 331 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 courgette sliced thinly zucchini, then slices quartered
  • 1 large carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper capsicum, diced
  • 250 g white mushrooms sliced
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp chilli paste optional
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 100 g whole wheat giant couscous
  • 400 ml vegetable stock
  • Freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic for 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Add the courgette, carrot, red pepper, combine together well and cook for 3 – 4 minutes.
  4. Add the mushrooms, cook for 2 minutes, stirring together.
  5. Add both tins of tomatoes, bring the ratatouille to the boil, then turn down to simmer gently, stir in the chilli paste and allow to cook for about 6 minutes.
  6. Whilst ratatouille is simmering away, cook the whole wheat couscous in the vegetables stock for approximately 6 minutes, then drain.
  7. Add the cooked couscous to the ratatouille, cook everything together, stirring the mixture regularly for a further 5 minutes.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve garnished with the chopped parsley

Nutrition Facts
Couscous Ratatouille
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.6g 16%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 72.4mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 51.8g 17%
Dietary Fiber 9.1g 36%
Sugars 15.3g
Protein 11.4g 23%
Vitamin A 43%
Vitamin C 178%
Calcium 8%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This couscous ratatouille is a delicious vegan medley of vegetables combined with giant couscous, making a perfectly filling quick healthy meal. Ideal as a family dinner and ideal for freezing too, you can be sure you’re getting a huge amount of your daily recommended vitamin intake from this healthy recipe.

If you enjoyed this recipe how about checking out my ratatouille and chickpea stew?

Right, I’ve just got a couple more blog posts for you next week.

Check back then for the first one on Tuesday, a deliciously easy simple chicken and vegetable soup. Then on Thursday chocolate cranberry truffles the first of 2 Christmas recipes!

So, as its Thursday let’s do the link up with Amanda at Running with Spoons and I’ll catch up with you next week!

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Comments

  1. Look at how packed with veggies this is. YUM!
    We don’t do a total vegan January, as it is Dave’s birthday and he wouldn’t be happy with that, but we definitely eat mostly vegan.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Dannii, as I mentioned I’m a little bit apprehensive about the whole vegan thing for January.

      I’m sure I’ll get through it ok and learn lots, being forced to look at recipes from a whole different angle. But it’s not a lifestyle I want to pursue. I’d miss chicken too much as well as Greek yogurt. Lol 😉

  2. Ratatouille… ONE OF MY FAVORITE DISHES EVER! Reminds me of my dad! 🙂
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  3. LOVE ratatouille. YUMmmmm.
    Your trip really will be the most amazing adventure. I do NOT like monkeys, but I greatly respect and admire apes. They are extraordinary creatures.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I think everyone should eat a rainbow of vegetable colours like in this recipe. Then there would be far better world health!

      Just one week to go Suz! So excited! 🙂

  4. Oh perfect! I have a jar of that couscous in my cupboard and have been wondering what to do about it. This will a most excellent solution to that dilemma. Thank you.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hi, thanks for your comment. I’m really glad to help out with what to do with that jar of couscous. 🙂

  5. Ooo this is definitely up my alley! Perfect warm stew-y rataouille would be great for these colder days. Saving for later!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks so much Beverley. Hope you enjoy, and that it has the added benefit of keep you nice and warm on these colder days! 🙂

  6. i’m excited to see all your vegan recipes! although I would miss fish too much! haha and eggs. But you can do it! and this looks fab!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Lindsay. It’s not so much the blog Vegan recipes that are worrying me anymore, it’s the day to day remembering what to eat and more so what not to eat! 🙂

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