I love cheese. We’re talking about real love here people. Once in college, my friend and I stayed up for hours talking about cheese…and only cheese. (Okay, I admit some alcohol was involved). Just when I thought cheese couldn’t get any better, I experienced grilled halloumi. Do you know the crispy cheese parts of grilled cheese? Imagine that but chunks of those golden bites. HEAVEN! Naturally, I had to incorporate halloumi into today’s meal so here is a couscous bowl with halloumi and poached egg finished with pesto. All wonderful ingredients combined to make one spectacular bowl.
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This couscous bowl with halloumi and poached egg is one of those meals that is easy to put together with wonderful results.
First, cook the couscous. Couscous is a type of pasta made from semolina and oil or water. There are three different types: Moroccan, Israeli and Lebanese. Moroccan couscous is the smallest grain and the quickest to prepare. I personally prefer Israeli couscous or pearl couscous because it gives more of a bite to this dish. You will need 1 1/4 cup water for every 1 cup of couscous. Toast the couscous first than add the water. Bring to a boil, cover the pot, reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, pan sear the halloumi. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, saute the leeks until caramelized. Add the garlic, peas, cooked couscous, halloumi, and herbs de Provence seasoning blend. If you can’t find herbs de Provence, you can make your own version but it does require a number of herbs including rosemary, tarragon, basil, fennel, and even lavender.
Top the couscous with a poached egg, drizzle pesto on top and get ready to dig in! If you’re looking for that perfect pesto recipe, look no further! This walnut almond pesto is the perfect contender for this meal.
Using ingredients such as leeks, peas, and pesto, this couscous bowl is the perfect springtime meal. The perfect vegetarian dish that doesn’t feel vegetarian!
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