Roasted Summer Vegetables with Fluffy Porcini Couscous

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Preparation Time 20 minutes Total Time 60 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $2.31
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1Medium Eggplant, medium dice*
1Medium Zucchini, medium dice*
2Bell Peppers, medium dice*
1Large Onion, medium dice*
6 clovesGarlic, roughly chopped
1 cupChickpeas, cooked from dried or canned and rinsed
2 sprigsRosemary
2 tspTomato Paste
2 tspGrainy Mustard (optional)
1 cupWhole Wheat Couscous, uncooked
1 cupBoiling water
2 tbspDried Porcini Mushrooms
1 tbspExtra Virgin Olive Oil
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

* All the vegetables can be cut ahead of time and frozen. This will save you a lot of time when makinge dishes such as this in the future.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onion, garlic, chickpeas, rosemary, tomato paste, and mustard into a large roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil, a pinch of salt and a couple turns of fresh ground black pepper. Mix well. Place the lemon in the center of the pan, cut side facing up. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes.
  3. Place the dried porcini into a dish. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and pour into the dish with the porcini. Stir and let sit for 1 minute, then pour into a large bowl with your couscous. Cover with a plate or dish towel and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove plate, fluff with a fork, and season to taste. Serve with the roasted vegetables.


  • ​Try washing and chopping your vegetables when you have more time – like on the weekend – so they are ready to add to meals for quick dinner
  • Your freezer is your friend! Make your own healthy convenience meals by cooking extras and freezing individual portions into freezer-safe containers. That way, you’ll have a quick meal ready to go on those nights you don’t have time to cook. By avoiding falling back on takeout, you’ll save money and be healthier too.
  • People who regularly choose whole grains as part of a balanced diet may have a lower risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
    Per serving, whole wheat couscous has double the amount of magnesium as regular couscous. Magnesium is a mineral that helps keep blood sugar and blood pressure stable. It is also needed for a strong immune system.
  • Mushrooms are a good source of selenium, a mineral that may reduce the risk of prostate, colon and stomach cancers.