if you're a cincinnatian, there's one place everyone knows is great for getting fresh farm grown produce: findlay market
the market is primarily busiest on sundays, when a large array of local farmers bring their harvests to sell at the farmers market. I hadn't gone to findlay for the past few weekends, so i was ready for a good trip down. i ended up buying a lot of produce, some of which included some sweet red onions, yellow bell peppers, and this crazy giant zucchini....like...this think was the length and width of at least 3/4 of my arm.anyways, it provided for a good deal of recipes. i'll post this one first though....
this recipe turned out great! it was very light and summery, and paired well with the balsamic drizzle i added in at the end (a stroke of brilliance, if i dont say so myself)
ingredients are as follows:
1 box cous cous, or i would say 1.5 cups dry 2 cups water 1 yellow bell pepper, diced 1 cup zucchini diced 1 medium sweet red onion diced 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tsp marjoram 1 tsp oregano 1 tblspn ground black pepper 1 tblspn sea salt 1 tsp coriander
for the balsamic honey drizzle:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp olive oil
so first things first, prepare the cous cous- 2 cups water in a saucepan with 1 tsp salt and 1 tblspn olive oil. bring to a boil, add in the cous cous, stir, cover, and let sit for about 5 minutes. the cous cous should absorb the water. take off the heat after about 5 minutes, fluff and let sit.
put the chopped vegetables in an aluminum pan with some salt- toss and put into the oven on broil to let roast for about 5 minutes, don't completely roast, but let the vegetables wilt a bit
after taking out of the oven, add the vegetables,herbs, and spices in a pan with 1/4 cup olive oil on high heat. saute for about 5-7 minutes. i didn't add much as far as herbs went in this recipe, the vegetables had such a nice sweet flavor of their own i wanted to keep it more pure.
toss in the vegetables with the cous cous, add in the remaining olive oil, and fluff a bit
now, for the balsamic drizzle, it's super easy:
in a pan, add in your balsamic vinegar on high heat. stir a bit for about 30 seconds, and then add in the honey. stir well for about 3 minutes or so or until the mixture starts to become thicker like a syrup, then remove from heat. i just poured the syrup-y reduction on the cous cous vegetable mixture. it soaked in pretty well, but was a very subtle flavor.
i was really proud of how this turned out! i hope you enjoy it