Aoife’s Veggie Couscous

Hey there! I’m excited to share this veggie couscous recipe with you that I got from my brother. He eats mostly vegan and always comes up with a new creative recipe to make sure that the vegan lifestyle never becomes dull. I hope this recipe will help you spice up your vegan challenge because there’s so much more to eating vegan than salads!

Serves four


  • 1 red onion (this doesn’t have as sharp a taste as a normal onion, I find)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 bell peppers  (red goes nicely with the colours of the dish)
  • Half a square of tofu
  • 1 packet of pearl couscous (I think pearl couscous has a nicer texture than normal couscous)
  • 2 big teaspoons of harissa
  • A jar of chickpeas
  • 4 big handfuls of washed, fresh spinach

How I make it:

  1. First I chop an onion and some garlic and fry it in olive oil.
  2. Then I cut a bell pepper and tofu into cubes and throw it in with the garlic and onion.
  3. I let the bell pepper soften for a while. This should take around 4 minutes.
  4. Heat a liter of water and add a cube of vegetable stock. Once it’s boiling I add the pearl couscous.
  5. Then I throw in a spoonful of harissa into the bell pepper mixture.
  6. At this point I also add the chickpeas. Mix well.
  7. With a spoon take out the pearl couscous from the water and add it to the vegetable mixture. Save the water you’ll need it for a next step!
  8. Mix well and fry for about a minute.
  9. Then I poor the vegetable stock into the couscous mixture and I add three big handfuls of spinach.
  10. Now just wait till the water has evaporated from the couscous and your meal is ready!

This dish is delicious both warm and cold, so ideal to take with you for lunch the next day. Instead of adding tofu, you could fry falafel to go with it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


This recipe is part of LUGO’s vegan challenge. In the month of April the LUGO team isn’t consuming any animal products and we hope you’ll join us! A yummy new recipe will be posted twice a week, to make sure this month isn’t so much a challenge as an opportunity to try new things while benefitting the environment!


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