Mediterranean Chorizo Couscous

Mediterranean chorizo couscous is a delicious quick healthy budget meal. You’ll love the flavours of the smoky sweet lightly toasted couscous. It’ll make your taste buds sing! 

Mediterranean chorizo couscous is a delicious quick healthy budget meal. You'll love the flavours of the smoky sweet lightly toasted couscous. It'll make your taste buds sing! 

Don’t you just love dishes that remind you of holidays? Well this Mediterranean chorizo couscous is designed to do exactly just that! To remind you of sunny days and the delicious fresh flavours you get from relaxing in the Mediterranean.

And folks, if you’ve been following the blog over the last 3 years, you know I love my Mediterranean dishes. In fact that’s what a lot of Neil’s Healthy Meals is based upon, The Mediterranean diet.

One particular Mediterranean ingredient that I can’t get enough of is chorizo. Those amazing smoky aromas you get when you cook chorizo and let it’s flavours release are addictive.

Then there’s that versatile, precious chorizo oil which permeates through the rest of your ingredients adding such a unique flavour. That’s such a wonderful oil to saute with.

Mediterranean chorizo couscous is a delicious quick healthy budget meal. You'll love the flavours of the smoky sweet lightly toasted couscous. It'll make your taste buds sing! 

The great thing about chorizo is that you don’t need to use a lot of it to get bags of flavour into a dish. For example this chorizo couscous recipe only uses a 2 inch piece chopped up.

I can normally get a pretty good quality Chorizo sausage from my local supermarket for a few pounds, so I just take what I need from that, cut up the rest into similar sized pieces, wrap them in cling film and freeze them.

You’ll be surprised at how handy that chorizo comes in for making future batches of this recipe or soups like chorizo, tomato, lentil and kale.

Mediterranean chorizo couscous is a delicious quick healthy budget meal. You'll love the flavours of the smoky sweet lightly toasted couscous. It'll make your taste buds sing! 

The other ingredients in this recipe shouldn’t cost you much ether. Couscous is pretty cheap plus it’s quick to make and goes quite far as a filling nutritious carbohydrate. It’s also a great source of protein and is rich in fibre too.

You could use your own selection of salad ingredients and / or leftover veggies in the recipe here as well, making it your own, and this recipe also makes for a perfect packed lunch!

Mediterranean chorizo couscous is a delicious quick healthy budget meal. You'll love the flavours of the smoky sweet lightly toasted couscous. It'll make your taste buds sing! 

Have you checked out my other Mediterranean themed recipes :-

Mediterranean Breakfast Egg Muffins – a delicious and healthy way to start your weekend. A simple, versatile recipe which is low carb, packed with protein and low in calories too.

Mediterranean Vegetable Soup – just 100 calories per serving but at the same time it’s full of flavour and extremely filling.

Mediterranean Vegetable Casserole – packed full of loads of healthy veggies, this fantastic vegan family dish is also extremely filling and satisfying!

Of course I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts on this recipe below, thanks!

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Mediterranean chorizo couscous is a delicious quick healthy budget meal. You'll love the flavours of the smoky sweet lightly toasted couscous. It'll make your taste buds sing! 
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Mediterranean Chorizo Couscous
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Mediterranean chorizo couscous is a delicious quick healthy budget meal.
Course: Dinner
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 579 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 175 g Couscous
  • 300 ml hot stock Chicken or vegetable
  • 1 thumb sized piece of chorizo about 2 inches, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped basil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C
  2. Place the couscous in a saucepan, add the hot stock and bring to the oil. then cover the saucepan, remove it from the heat and allow it to stand for 5 minutes then use a fork to fluff it up.

  3. Whilst the couscous is cooking, gently heat a cast iron skillet frying pan until hot then add the chorizo stir-frying it to release its flavour and oil. Once the chorizo is crisp but not burnt, remove it with a slotted spoon and put it to the side leaving the oil in the pan.
  4. Add the garlic, peppers and onion to the hot chorizo oil and stir-fry for 2 minutes or so then stir in the cherry tomatoes, basil and paprika
  5. Then add the cooked couscous and cooked chorizo, mix everything together well and season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  6. Place in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Once cooked through remove from the oven and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Chorizo Couscous
Amount Per Serving
Calories 579 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.5g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.5g
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 606.5mg 25%
Potassium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 86.7g 29%
Dietary Fiber 8.4g 34%
Sugars 9.5g
Protein 24.5g 49%
Vitamin A 18%
Vitamin C 224%
Calcium 6%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Mediterranean chorizo couscous is a delicious quick healthy budget meal. You'll love the flavours of the smoky sweet lightly toasted couscous. It'll make your taste buds sing! 

Meanwhile back to reality.

Well reality in Scotland anyway,  which isn’t quite in the Mediterranean as we know. 😉

Lady Lynne and I will be heading off to Newtonmore tomorrow for a bit of exploring and fresh air. We’re staying in the Strathspey Mountain Hostel which is the same hostel Mike and I stayed in for the Geal charn and A’Mharconaich climb which I wrote about in the Tuesday update, did you catch the video?

If the weather’s good we might climb a Munro on Saturday. However, if I’m honest I’d rather just do something like the Wildcat trail. We’re only one week away from our Hadrian’s Wall Walk and with each day being an average 18 to 20 miles I’d rather we saved all our energy for that amazing walking experience.

Anyway folks I’ve still got a couple of new recipes next week before we take that week off. An alternative vegetarian meatballs recipe using Quorn on Tuesday and a healthy macaroni salad on Thursday. I’m thinking that might be the last salad recipe before its time for a whole load of new soups but we’ll see…….

Hope you folks have a great weekend and I’ll catch you then. 🙂

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Mediterranean chorizo couscous is a delicious quick healthy budget meal. You'll love the flavours of the smoky sweet lightly toasted couscous. It'll make your taste buds sing! 

Comments

  1. Yeah, I don’t think going balls to the walls the weekend before Hadrian’s wall would be the best idea. This couscous, however–GREAT idea!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Susie, we’ve already had to change our plans since I wrote this unfortunately. We are going away this weekend but somewhere different. I’ll update next week, hope you have a great weekend!

  2. This sounds like my kind of meal, Neil! I love that you only used a bit of chorizo, though. I would’ve been tempted to use so much more, but you’re right that a little bit goes a long way in terms of flavor. I’ll keep that in mind for sure! And couscous is such a versatile side dish, too. I hope you and Lynne have an amazing weekend…it sure sounds like a great chance to escape the city for a bit. 🙂 Thanks for the fun recipe, my friend!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks David, as you can probably tell I’m just such a HUGE fan of chorizo! And the couscous just absorbs all that flavour so easily, so that turns bland couscous into something quite special! Anyway, have a great weekend yourself. We’re still going away, just to somewhere different due to complications on the booking at Newtonmore.

  3. I love Mediterranean dishes yet I haven’t tried this recipe, Neil! Chorizo sounds like a great dinner idea!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      It’s amazing just how flavourful that Chorizo sausage makes this Mediterranean dish Agness!

      Thanks for the comment and I hope you are having a great weekend! 🙂

  4. Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

    Oh, I love couscous for being so delicious and versatile. I just realized I haven’t had any couscous during this summer. How horrible! I’ve got to make some shortly. Also, I think I’ve never incorporated chorizo (How horrible 2!) in my couscous, and I can easily imagine all the flavor it brings in. Looks and sounds great, Neil.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Ben! Couscous is so often my “go-to” meal filler because it’s just so quick to make and healthy too! Plus you can basically pair it with just about anything. 🙂

  5. I haven’t had couscous in years, but I love it. Your dish is colorful and looks delicious!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I just love how versatile and easy couscous is Jeff. Needs so little effort to cook which is especially what I’m after when I’m having to cook something for Lynne and I at 8pm at night after a tough day at work! 😉

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