The healthiest dinner I’ve been eating all winter: roasted vegetable tahini couscous. This dish features a bowl full of couscous mixed with tahini and lemon, topped with roasted veggies, crispy chickpeas, and a scoop of
My sister Mady texted me one night, “OMG just made this roasted veggie and chickpea couscous thing with tahini and lemon and spices from Jordan! You gotta blog this.” To which I asked for a recipe, of course.
By translating her instructions and adding my own spin on things, we created this recipe together.
I’ve since made it 3 times, adding a few new tweaks and always enjoying every last bite.Print
Roasted Vegetable Tahini Couscous
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- 1 red onion, cut into bite-sized wedges
- 1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise and cut into half moons
- 1 carrot, cut into discs
- 1 red pepper, medium diced
- 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
- 2 teaspoons za’atar
- 1 cup couscous
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1/2 lemon
- 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil, separated
- 4 tablespoons zhoug (see note)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Toss red onion, zucchini, carrot, and pepper on a sheet pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, toss, and roast for 25 minutes.
- Heat a pan over high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil until shimmering. Add in chickpeas and 1/2 tsp za’atar and cook, stirring often, until crispy, about 10 minutes.
- Add 1 1/4 cups of water to a small pot, heat to boiling.
- In another pan, heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil until shimmering. Add couscous, and toast until golden. Add boiling water, remove from heat and cover. Let sit for 6 minutes, or until all liquid is dissolved, then fluff with a fork.
- While the couscous is still hot, add in the lemon, tahini, and za’atar.
- Serve couscous topped with roasted vegetables, crispy chickpeas, a drizzle of za’atar, and a spoonful of zhoug.
Zhoug (pronounced “zoog”) is a spicy cilantro sauce from Yemen. I bought mine from Trader Joe’s and it’s available at many large groceries. You can also make your own.