Couscous with Pumpkin Seed Pesto & Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (Pre-Workout)

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $1.58
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Couscous with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
1 cupDry Couscous
1 cupWater or Stock
2 tspLemon Zest
1 tspDried Basil or Mint
12Cherry Tomatoes, whole
1 tspBalsamic Vinegar
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Pumpkin Seed Pesto
1/4 cupPumpkin Seeds, toasted
1/4 cupSundried Tomatoes
2 cupsFresh Parsley (Cilantro or Basil will also work well)
2 clovesGarlic
1/2Small Red Chili (optional)
2 tbspParmesan, grated
3 tbspLemon Juice
4 tbspOlive Oil


  1. Turn on the broiler in the oven.
  2. Place pumpkin seeds, parsley, sundried tomatoes, garlic, chili, lemon juice and parmesan in a food processor. Blend while slowly drizzling in the olive oil. Season to taste.
  3. In a large bowl, mix your dry couscous with lemon zest and dried basil.
  4. Bring the cup of stock or water to a boil and pour over your couscous. Cover with plastic wrap or a dish towel and let sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Place your cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  6. Mix a couple tablespoons of pesto into your couscous and top with your roasted tomatoes. Store the remaining pesto in the fridge or freezer.


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