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Easy Couscous Patties and Green Beans

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy couscous! These patties are kind of like a cross between a veggie burger and falafel. How could that be anything but delicious??! Pair them with these easy green beans to complete the meal.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the couscous:

  • 1 ¼ cup couscous, rinsed
  • 1 ¼ cup water or vegetable broth, boiling
  • 1 ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Everything else:

  • 2 eggs
  • OR
  • 1 flax seed egg, (3 Tbsp water + 2 Tbsp ground flax seed)
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Olive oil, for frying the patties
  • Feta cheese, to serve (optional, omit to keep the patties vegan)

For the green beans:

  • 24 oz bag haricot verts, frozen (or green beans)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

Prepare the couscous

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the couscous, sea salt, onion powder, smoked paprika, and pepper. Don’t even worry about mixing them together, just put them all in the bowl!
  • Now drizzle the 2 tsp olive oil over the top.

Boil the vegetable broth/water

  • Bring the vegetable broth/water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Once boiling, remove from heat, and pour it over the couscous. Shake the mixing bowl a few times to distribute the liquid, then cover the bowl with a plate or a kitchen towel.

Steam the couscous

  • Steam the couscous for 10 minutes. (If using the flaxseed egg, now is a good time to make it. Simply whisk the water and ground flaxseed together in a small bowl, and let it sit for 5 minutes until the mixture gets thick and goopy.)
  • After the couscous has steamed for 10 minutes, remove the plate/towel from the top of the bowl, and fluff the couscous with a fork.

Finish and refrigerate the couscous mixture

  • Now add in the eggs/flaxseed egg, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, parsley, and mint. Stir so that everything is really mixed together and well incorporated.
  • Place the mixture in the fridge, and refrigerate for at least a half hour. We want the mixture to be chilled so that our couscous patties stay together when we fry them!

Form the patties

  • Once chilled, use your hands to make hamburger-like patties out of the couscous mixture. These can be as big or as small as you want—you could even roll them into little balls like falafel or meatballs! I prefer to make them into patties about one inch thick and two inches in diameter.

Fry the patties

  • In a large skillet, heat a few Tbsp of olive oil. Now add 3-4 patties to the skillet, depending on size of patties you made. (Don’t crowd the pan!)
  • Fry the patties over medium-low heat until the side of the patty in the pan turns golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Now flip and let the other side brown, another 5-7 minutes. Remove the patties from the pan, and continue to fry in batches until all of the couscous patties have been fried. (I get 10-12 patties.)

Make the green beans

  • While you fry the patties, make the green beans.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat for a few seconds. Add the whole bag of haricot verts to the skillet, followed by the sea salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and onion salt. With your spatula, carefully toss it all together to incorporate the seasonings.
  • Cook over medium heat for 7-10 minutes, until the liquid is mostly gone and the green beans are heated through. Toss the beans occasionally with your spatula while they cook.
  • Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice. Taste, and add more salt or lemon juice to preference. Green beans are done!

Serve!

  • Sprinkle some fresh feta on top of each couscous patty, if desired. Serve with the green beans and a side of hummus!

Notes

This dish is vegan if made with the flaxseed egg, and if you do not garnish with feta cheese.
This recipe makes 10-12 patties. (1 inch deep, 2 inches in diameter.)