Couscous With Sauteed Tomato and Spinach

This is such a tasty old favorite of mine. It was quick and full of flavor.
Couscous is a wheat product and is naturally high in GOOD carbs and fiber. Combine it with fresh garlic, spinach and tomatoes and you've got one health beneficial, cholesterol and blood pressure lowering meal. By replacing the prepacked flavored couscous with a bag of whole grain couscous, along with replacing the canned diced tomatoes with fresh cherry tomatoes, I've reduced the calories by a third and the sodium by three quarters.

3 1/2 cups whole grain couscous
8 ounces cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup red onion, sliced into rings
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
10 cups of fresh spinach (10 ounces)
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp salt
fresh basil for garnish

Prepare couscous according to directions. In a large skillet combine the tomatoes, onions, garlic and oil; stir over medium heat until onions are heated and fragrant and tomatoes begin to pop. Add spinach and water salt and Italian seasoning; stir until spinach is wilted and tender but still bright green, about 2 minutes. On large platter, layer couscous, spinach and tomatoes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with basil.


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