Last week, I did something unprecedented. Mind blowing. Shocking. Life changing.
I walked into a Trader Joe’s for the very first time.
The shocking part, of course, is that it took me 42 years to discover this joyous place. Oh Trader Joe’s! My sweet, sweet love! I always thought you were some upscale specialty market, but clearly I was wrong. So wrong.
Items I’d never seen before, gorgeous fruits and vegetables, tidy aisles, tons of products at discounted prices. How did I not know this!?
In my defense, I have never lived even remotely close to a Trader Joe’s. Sorry, but convenience wins. However, Jenna made this couscous dish and I knew immediately I
wanted needed to, too. But but but…I don’t have that Harvest Grains Blend. Waaaaa.
The 35 minute drive to TJ’s was not only worth the discovery (clearly!), but let me also just say it was worth the drive for this Harvest Blend.
On the safe side, not knowing when I would get back there, I bought four packages. I’m definitely going back, though. And I’m making this dish again and again. Or at least four more times.
Spiced Raisin Pearl Couscous
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 1 large sweet onion, finely diced
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoon garam masala
• 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
• 2 tablespoon butter
• 1/2 cup golden raisins
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 1 package Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend (or 1 pound Israeli pearl couscous + 1 sprinkle each red quinoa, orzo, mini garbanzo beans OR I have also made this with 1/2 pound pearl couscous and 1/2 pound orzo) – about 3 cups total
Heat the oil in a large skillet with deep sides, or a pot. Add the onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and fry for 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the garam masala, stir fry for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
Add the chicken broth, butter, and raisins, and bring to a boil. Add the couscous mix.
Bring back to a boil, then cover the pan and lower the heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, stir vigorously, then let it sit for an additional 5 minutes, covered.
Taste and add more salt if necessary and serve.
(slightly adapted from the lovely Jenna at Jenna’s Everything Blog)