The Graduation Gift CookbookI recently made one of the many delicious recipes from the Clean Food cookbook. Since graduation, I've looked through the cookbook multiple times so I was very excited about making my first meal for my house-mates yesterday.
I knew that my first meal had to come out of this cookbook -the only problem was narrowing it down to one recipe because they all looked so good! In the end, I decided to make the cucumber, mango, chickpea salad over couscous and added a few twists. It was a huge hit and everyone went back for seconds. Below is the recipe plus a few twists:
4 medium cucumbers, peeled and diced
4 mangoes, peeled and diced
2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 cups black beans
1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 1/2 cups whole wheat couscous
1/2 cup dried apricots (optional)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 small shallot, minced
salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, mango, chickpeas, black beans, craisins and cilantro. In a separate bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad, toss and serve over couscous.
Clean Food is now my house-mates' new favorite cookbook!
---- With a smile, Sarah C.