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Serves 4 | Prep Time | Cook Time

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Ingredients You'll Need

1 10-ounce box couscous
1/2 cup pine nuts
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1/2 cup raisins (dark or golden)
2 bunches Swiss chard, stems trimmed
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Directions

Place the couscous in a bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water and stir. Cover tightly and let stand for 10 minutes.


Meanwhile, in a large skillet, over low heat, toast the pine nuts, shaking the pan frequently, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.


Return skillet to medium heat, add the oil, and heat for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas, raisins, chard, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chard is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.


Fluff the couscous with a fork and divide among individual plates. Top with the chard and sprinkle with the pine nuts.


Tip: It's easy to vary this basic recipe from one week to the next. Try using spinach instead of Swiss chard, almonds in place of pine nuts, or currants as a substitute for raisins.


Yield: Makes 4 servings


NUTRITION PER SERVING


CALORIES 540(40% from fat); FAT 24g (sat 1g); SUGAR 23g; PROTEIN 17g; CHOLESTEROL 0mg; SODIUM 1,329mg; FIBER 13g; CARBOHYDRATE 71g


Sara Quessenberry


Real Simple, FEBRUARY 2007


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