So today was definitely one of my meditative ( read lazy) days. After a visit to church for the first time this year I had plans to go to the grocery store, clean up and do my normal Sunday type things ( zumba- although I did watch a couple youtube vids on how to tighten the tummy, that should count for something! – pay bills,  figure out what I’m going to eat for the week, make phone calls, etc.). None of the above occurred but the bright side is I was able to eat thus update the site with whatever vegetarian goodness I was able to conjure up today.

Since I didn’t go to the grocery store and probably won’t until manana- I scrounged my cabinets and Frigidaire and came up my Sunday linner : mushroom & herb couscous, veggies w/light garlic sauce & talipia.

Budding Vegetarian: Couscous, Tilapia & Sauteed Veggies w/ Garlic Butter Sauce
Sunday “linner”

Prep time: About 20 mins


- box of Near East Wild Mushroom & Herb Couscous ( read more about the product here )

- Frozen Tilapia fillet

- 3 cups of veggie mix: I used roasted potatoes (leftover), carrots, sugar snap peas

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 1/4 tsp pepper

- 1/4 tsp garlic powder

- 1 tsp minced garlic

- 1 tbsp evoo

- 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter

- pinch of oregano

- pinch of parsley



-Follow the box directions & it literally takes about 5 mins

- add 1 1/4 cups of water, about 1/2 tbsp on evoo & spice packet in box and bring to boil

- add in coucous & stir, immediately remove from heat & let site for 5 mins

One note about this is that although convenient I’d just make sure you’re comfortable with the sodium level (due to the contents in the spice packet). I find that controlling my portion sizes helps to alleviate some of the guilt I feel after a higher than necessary sodium intake.

Budding Vegetarian: Near East's Mushroom &  Herb Couscous

Mushroom & Herb Couscous


While water is boiling for couscous,  in a separate skillet, heat  1/4 tbsp of evoo

- Place thawed tiliapia in skillet and sprinkle spices on evenly on each side while cooking ( garlic powder, salt, pepper)

- Be careful not to over cook the fillet – and remove when outside is white.  Also, take caution while removing as I used a fork and my tilipia instantly fell apart (pictured), lol

Budding Vegetarian: Northern King Tilapia Fillet

Tilapia fillet - peices :)


-  Put the butter and the minced garlic in a skillet. Heat until butter has melted

- I had left over roasted potatoes in my fridge (about 1 1/2regular sized potato) so I took those and added those to the mix. Heat for about 2 mins then add in your veggies & stir

- add in oregano, parsley, salt & pepper to your liking.

- cook just enough to warm up the veggies as you don’t want to loose all the nutritional goodness overcooking them.

Budding Vegetarian: Sauteed carrots & sugar snaps w/roasted potatoes in garlic butter sauce

Put it all on a plate & enjoy!

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