Meadville Tribune

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July 20, 2009

OUR HEALTH(Local): Healthy summer side dishes -Rosanne Rust


Lighten up. Enjoy a healthy and tasteful summer.

©Rosanne Rust 2009

Rust is a licensed, registered dietitian and nutrition coach who has a private practice in Meadville ( She is a nutrition instructor for Penn State’s World Campus and a licensed provider for Real Living Nutrition Services®. For more information about her effective and affordable online weight loss counseling service, visit her Web page at or contact her at

Rosanne’s Couscous with Zucchini Salad

This colorful, simple dish is a great side for grilled chicken.

1/4 to 1/2 onion, minced

1/2 red bell pepper, minced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 small to medium zucchini, diced with skin

Olive oil

1 1/2 cups instant whole wheat (or regular) couscous

2 3/4 cups water

2 ounces goat or feta cheese, crumbled

• Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into a nonstick skillet to heat. Sauté garlic, onion and pepper until tender. Set aside in small bowl.

• Wash zucchini and dice into small pieces. Stir-fry zucchini in same skillet with another bit of olive oil (about 2 teaspoons) for three minutes, until bright colored, and just tender. Do not overcook. Remove from heat.

• Prepare couscous according to package (or, simply heat water to boil in microwave, about 2 minutes, and pour couscous into boiling water. Let sit, uncovered, for five minutes until water is absorbed. Salt/season to taste. You can also substitute chicken broth for the water). Fluff with fork.

• In medium serving bowl, toss vegetables and crumbled goat or feta cheese with couscous and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can also be eaten at room temperature.

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