Beet Leaves
with Chickpeas and Couscous

This basic recipe is easy to vary from one week to another: replace beet leaves with spinach or Swiss chard, use almonds instead of pine nuts, or currants as a substitute for raisins.

Preparation time: 20 min

serves 4

What you’ll need:

  • 2 bunches beet greens, washed, stems trimmed
  • 1 box (10-ounce) couscous
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 can chickpeas (15.5-ounce), rinsed
  • ½ cup dark or golden raisins
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

What to do:

  1. Place the couscous in a bowl. Add 1 ½ cups boiling water and stir. Cover tightly and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a large skillet over low heat, shaking the pan frequently, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Return skillet to medium heat, add the oil, and heat for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas, raisins, beet greens, salt, and pepper. Cook stirring occasionally, until the leaves are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Fluff the couscous with a fork and divide among individual plates. Top with the leaves and sprinkle with the pine nuts.


More beet recipes? Try these recommendations:

Golden Beets Salad
Beet and Escarole Salad
Raw Beet Salads


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