Recipe: Mediterranean Bowl / by Erin Whitney

I made this super delicious dinner, so I thought I'd share. It's really easy and cheap to make. I think I got most of the ingredients at Trader Joe's.

Mediterranean Bowl

  • Israeli (pearl) couscous
  • Persian cucumbers
  • Bell pepper (I used yellow)
  • Falafel mix (1/2 box)
  • Feta
  • Hummus (I like the Mediterranean hummus from TJ's)
  • Parsley (I like the flat-leaf kind)
  • Olive oil
  • Ground pepper
  • Sea salt

The falafel takes longest, so I started that first. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1/2 of the box (1 cup of mix) with 3/4 cups water. Mix and let sit for 30 minutes. Roll into balls (I used a tablespoon as a scooper), place on baking sheet and top with a little olive oil. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

While baking, you can start the couscous. You can follow the package instructions and make on the stovetop, or make in a rice cooker. It takes about 30 minutes.

Wash and chop the produce. Spoon hot couscous into a bowl, then add falafel balls, chopped cucumbers, and peppers. Top with hummus and feta, then sprinkle parsley on top; finish with a couple cracks of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

It's healthy and filling and has a nice variety of savory flavors and textures. Enjoy!