Nutritious and Delicious: Moroccan Couscous Salad

Couscous, a staple in countries such as Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia is often served with meat and a variety of different vegetables. The grain is quick and easy to make and this traditional and tasty version is ideal for a lunch to bring to school.
1 chicken or vegetable stock cube
¼ cup boiling water
¼ cup couscous
½ cucumber, diced
½ red onion, chopped finely
2 tbsp. mint, chopped
¼ cup grated carrot
1 tbsp. raisins or currants
1 tbsp. olive oil
Lemon juice to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: dried apricots, cilantro
1)   Put the couscous in a bowl. Mix the stock cube with the boiling water and pour onto the couscous. Stir well and let sit for 5 minutes. Mix around with a fork, fluffing it up so all the grains are loose and soft.
2)   Add the cucumber,carrot, red onion, mint, and raisins.
3)   Add the olive oil and lemon juice, mix well and season with some salt and pepper.
4)   Mix well so all the flavors are combined.
5)   You can also add ¼ tsp. cumin for extra flavor. Chopped cilantro or dried apricots would also go well with the couscous.
A perfect idea of something you can take to school for lunch. This also tastes great with some pita bread. Enjoy!

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