Cooking up Couscous…and Muffins!

I was out of town over the weekend and forgot my camera at home, which kind of bummed me out because I really wanted to blog about this recipe!

Meet Moroccan Couscous from The 30-Minute Vegan:

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I’m making it my mission this summer to try new and unusual recipes and, compared to what I usually make, this one definitely qualifies!  Chickpeas, fire-roasted tomatoes, raisins, shiitake mushrooms, orange juice, and more, all in the same recipe?

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Had somebody pitched the idea to me a year ago, I doubt I would have tried it.  But now I’m up for a little cooking adventure now and then, and I can tell you without a doubt that this is a new favorite of mine.

One major thing I had to change was the seasoning.  The recipe calls for saffron and I had no way of getting any before making it, so I looked up a few other Moroccan-spiced recipes and worked from there.  I’m sure the flavor will be different if I can get my hands on some saffron, but it worked out just fine with the substitutions.

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And since blueberries seem to have come into season somewhere in the US, today was muffin day!

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At my mom’s request, I put together a batch of blueberry muffins this morning.  I made big ones to have for breakfast, or to cut in half for dessert.

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If I do say so myself, they came out pretty darn amazing!

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I used the Blueberry Lemon Muffin recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking, and substituted cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract for the lemon.  The combination has just a hint of warmth, which is good as mornings around here are still on the chilly side!

Tonight, there will be pilaf.  Because rice is awesome.