Get In My Belly

This week we made an odd couscous mixture. We decided to call it Couscous Mboga becage mboga means vegetable in Kiswahili (and we needed to learn this word anyway!). This was for sure one of those nights that we said, “what’s in the cabinets?” and came up with this. If you want to make this you can add more vegetables or use different beans and spices, but this is all we can find her at the moment. We enjoyed it very much and it lasted three nights so we have no complaints! We often try to have “planned-overs” as Melissa’s grandma used to say. After long days under the Tanzanian sun we enjoy a few nights a week when we don’t have to cook and heat up the house with the propane stove.

John’s mom suggested that we start sharing the recipes for our posts. We told her that this would be difficult because we never write down our recipes. We typically just throw together whatever we have around and come up with something. We usually don’t measure anything either. Finally, things are very different here than they are in the U.S. so this will be a challenge! For example, we boil all vegetables before eating them, which is something we wouldn’t have to do in the U.S. However, we always aim to please our mothers so we’ll include some rough estimates for our recipes!

Couscous Mboga

1 box of couscous (probably 2 boxes of the kind they sell in the U.S.)
4 large carrots, chopped
2 lb. green beans (chopped into 1 inch pieces)
1 head of broccoli, chopped
2 small red onions
4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp. olive oil
1 can of kidney or garbanzo beans
1 T. cumin
1 T. coriander
1 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. chili sauce (more or less depending on your taste!)

Start a pot of water for the couscous and follow the directions on the package. Steam the chopped carrots, green beans, and broccoli. Sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil. Add the beans to the onions and garlic when the onions and garlic are close to being lightly browned. When the couscous is fluffed, the vegetables are steamed, and the beans are hot, combine everything in a large bowl. Add the spices and stir it all together. Season with teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, or eat as it is if you want!


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