Spicy Sausage Couscous w/ Almonds & Apricots

by Trudy ~ Veggie num num on October 29, 2010

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Spicy Sausage Couscous w/ Almonds & Apricots

I seriously love couscous, it was one of the first things I really started to experiment with in my early days of veggie hood and is still one of my favourite things to eat. Traditionally served as a side dish, I find it makes a wonderfully filling and satisfying vegetarian main meal with the simple addition of a few tasty ingredients. And it is so quick and easy to prepare, which makes it perfect for a tasty meal after work.

For this couscous recipe I have added pieces of fried vegetarian sausage, chickpeas, roasted almonds, dried apricots and plenty of spices; the result is a tasty vegan dish with lots of flavour and texture. And I’m loving the beautiful orange and yellow colours of this dish, perfect for all of you lucky ones enjoying beautiful fall weather in the northern hemispher :)

You could try making up a batch of the seitan sausages with similar spices or to save time use your favourite store-brought vegetarian sausages in this recipe. Would work well with a side of steamed green vegetables or as we served it, with thick slices of dark rye spread with hummus, so good!

Preparation time: 25mins
Serves 4

  • 1½ cups couscous
  • 2 cups warm vegetable stock
  • 300g (10½ oz) vegan or vegetarian sausages
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups chickpeas (cooked or tinned)
  • ¼ cup dry roasted almonds, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest & juice

Place the couscous in a large heat proof bowl and pour over 1½ cups of the warm stock, cover and set aside for 5 minutes. Once the liquid has been absorbed, fluff the couscous with a fork to separate and set aside.

Cook the sausages in a heavy based frypan until crisp and golden, remove from the heat and slice diagonally, set aside.

In the same pan heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over a medium heat, add the spices and cook gently for 1 minute until fragrant and a smooth paste forms, add the garlic and fry gently for a further minute.

Add the chickpeas and a splash or two of the remaining stock, cook off the liquid over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes before adding the sliced sausage, almonds and apricot. Toss to combine and remove from the heat before stirring through the parsley and zest from one lemon.

Combine the sausage and chickpea mixture with the prepared couscous, dress with the juice of 1 lemon and remaining two tablespoons of olive oil, season with ground sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste and toss well.

Serve warm with a side of steamed green vegetables and/or with rye bread and hummus.

Spicy Sausage Couscous w/ Almonds & Apricots

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

chow vegan October 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Yum! This looks like such a great Fall dish! I love couscous, it’s so easy to cook and spicy things always goes well with it. :-)

Jennifer October 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I love couscous too, but have to admit I’ve never had it as a main dish. This looks delicious though! I love the spices and the chickpeas and almonds. I also love the idea of serving it with rye bread and hummus.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets October 31, 2010 at 3:58 am

Couscous is definitely a household favorite. You’ve really added some awesome flavors to it here.

Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls October 31, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Ohhh, this sounds wonderful! Bookmarked! Can’t wait to try this!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Veggie Belly November 3, 2010 at 7:52 am

couscou and chickpeas are my favorites! this looks super delish!

Nadia November 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm

This dish looks so appetizing, love your photos. I love the spices and the dried fruits, I make couscous the same way.

Karen November 4, 2010 at 1:56 am

Okay, I can’t wait until I’m done with this gluten free experiment (hopefully its not permanent) There are lots of your recipes I want to try! This looks so yummy!

Trudy (veggie num num) November 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

Thank you for all the lovely comments everyone :)

Aquascoop Anti Aging Serum October 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I love couscous too, but have to admit I’ve never had it as a main dish. This looks delicious though! I love the spices and the chickpeas and almonds.

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