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Chickpea and Vegetable Couscous

Preparation: 5 mins

Cooking: 10 mins

Serves 4, costs under £4.00


  • 10 Tablespoons (300g) Couscous
  • 1 (7g) Vegetable Stock Cube (use reduced salt whenever possible)
  • Boiling (350ml) Boiling Water
  • 1 Tablespoon (10g) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Medium (150g) Onion
  • 2 (6g) Garlic Cloves or 1 Teaspoon (5g) Garlic Puree
  • 2 Large (300g) Courgettes
  • 16 (240g) Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Tin (240g) Chickpeas in Unsalted Water, Drained
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

Allergy Disclaimer

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Cost Disclaimer

Please note the cost per serving may now be slightly higher due to rising prices in supermarkets.


  1. Dissolve the stock cube in a heat proof bowl or jug of boiling water.
  2. Add the couscous to the bowl and cover the bowl with a plate or cling film and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Peel and chop the onion and garlic. Wash the courgettes and tomatoes. Chop the tomatoes in half and chop the courgettes into bite-size pieces.
  4. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  5. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the courgettes, tomatoes and chickpeas and cook until vegetables are soft whilst stirring every so often.
  7. When the couscous has soaked up all of the water, add the vegetables and lemon juice. Mix together and serve.

Nutritional Information

Per 100g
Per 368g serving

Energy Kcals
Energy Kj
4.8 g
17.8 g
Total Fat
1.7 g
6.1 g
Saturated Fat
0.2 g
0.7 g
21.7 g
79.7 g
Total Sugars
2.1 g
7.8 g
NSP Fibre
2.1 g
7.8 g
104 mg
384 mg
0.3 g
1 g

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