I’m callin’ out all you lazy people with this one. Including me.
I, too, am guilty of buying pre-made sides and pre-made meals. Its obviously so much easier and some people come up with some pretty good stuff that I probably wouldn’t come up with on my own. But I learned a couple lessons with this recipe:
Lesson 1: Everything tastes better homemade. (I think its the secret ingredient – the satisfaction and accomplishment of doing it yourself – that makes it taste so good.) (Disclaimer: If you do it right. Things don’t taste better if you burn them or put salt in instead of sugar or something like that.)
Lesson 2: This recipe makes life easier. For 4 days I didn’t have to make a side, think about a side, or buy another pre-made side. This was just waiting for me in the fridge every day, just sitting there in its mediterranean deliciousness.
Lesson 3: I should move to Israel. I only learned this because I brought the leftovers to my G-ma’s house last night for our 4th of July party. She got really excited and exclaimed that I would eat great in Israel (she goes a lot and apparently they eat this there). So let me know if you would like to contribute to my plane ticket and house fund so I can eat my homemade tabbouleh in my Israeli villa.
So if you are looking for some self-satisfaction and sense of accomplishment, need a recipe for simplifying your life, and would like to move to Israel with me, make this:
- 2 cups couscous
- 2 cups chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (I used cilantro and only used like 1/2 a cup, but you do what you want. Just feel it.)
- 1 1/3 cups chopped tomatoes
- 3/4 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp salt