Maria’s Lemon Feta Couscous With Garbanzo Beans, Spinach And Peppers

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All the ingredients for this dish can be purchased at Trader Joe’s.

This makes a great side dish or a vegetarian main dish. Either way, there are nutrition benefits from the addition of the garbanzo beans since grains (the whole wheat couscous) + beans = complete protein.

Variations:  I’ve made this without the red peppers, beans or spinach if I didn’t have them and its just as good.

PREP TIME 5 mins    COOK TIME  5 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2/3 cups whole wheat couscous
  • 2 cups roughly chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup jarred roasted red or yellow pepper, chopped or sliced
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice from 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • optional: red pepper flakes


  1. In a large pot, bring 2/3 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the couscous, spinach, red peppers and chickpeas. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add feta, lemon, oil and optional red pepper flakes and stir well. Best served warm, but can also be served cold.