Have you had your colours today?

by Sunita on August 8, 2008

I was drawn to a particular health documentary on the telly a couple of days ago, in which the hostess, a doctor by profession, was talking about how our stomach and intestines work, and how the processing that goes on in there is determined by what we eat. A lady was being interviewed. she looked quite trim from the outside, only her insides told another story. Through the discussion, it was brought to light that she had a great, great love for chocolate and could not do without it at all. In fact, so much, that, chocolate was not only her breakfast, lunch and a part fo her dinner, but, also her snack in between. In her kitchen cupboards, fridge, rooms, car… there was chocolate stashed everywhere. She somehow managed to squeeze in some greasy fried fish and chips for dinner and that was that. Not a single fruit or vegetable could be seen in her menu. Her fridge was always bare, except for those chocolates.

Needless to say, all this lack of fibre, was creating great havoc inside her body and was at a great risk of bowel cancer, which was quite higher, considering her family history.

I was horrified at how much some of us are abusing our own bodies. I too adore chocolates, and quite a lot at that. But I would never, ever imagine of giving up my daily intake of fruits and vegetables. I panic if the fridge or the fruit bowl is less colourful. No, I simply can’t do without my colours…of course, I mean the natural, edible ones.

What about you? Have you had your colours today?

And while we are dwelling on food, I made this very simple yet flavoursome salad of couscous, vegetables and feta cheese.

It is very quick to put together and is a nice meal on a hot summer day/night. The soft couscous and the crunchy vegetables were a delight. With such easy recipes, there should be absolutely no excuse for avoiding those all important vegetables in your diet.

What’s needed-

1 and 1/2 C couscous
1 and 1/2 C broad beans, shelled, boiled and peeled
1 and 3/4 C of chicken/vegetable stock
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 of a yellow pepper, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
200 gms of feta cheese, cut into small cubes
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
some chopped coriander to garnish

How to-

  1. In a bowl, mix together the couscous, carrot, yellow pepper and broad beans.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the stock to a boil along with the garlic and the olive oil.
  3. Pour the hot stock mixture over the couscous mixture. Cover and let it stand till the stock is completely absorbed and then fluff the couscous with a fork.
  4. Mix in the feta cheese, season with salt and freshly ground pepper, garnish with the chopped coriander and serve.
Have a great, ‘colourful‘ weekend :-)


Since so many of you have seen the tricolour connection, am sending this salad over to dear Pooja, for her Theme-Independence day 2008. Here’s to a healthy nation.

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nags August 8, 2008 at 9:20 am

lovely! reminds of upma :) and the indian flag!


2 Rachel August 8, 2008 at 9:20 am

and here I just posted something to do with chocolate!!!

The salad is very easy to put together!!!


3 arundati August 8, 2008 at 10:51 am

looks vibrant!! am sure is very filling…..perfect health on a platter


4 SMN August 8, 2008 at 11:09 am

hey Sunita this reminds me of the vegetable upma which we make here. and the color reminds of indian flag


5 sunita August 8, 2008 at 11:22 am

Thanks…and it’s really easy to put together…love upma too :-)

don’t feel guilty…I adore chocolate…I don’t deprive myself of anything…isn’t moderation the key :-)


6 sunita August 8, 2008 at 11:23 am

Thanks…it was filling indeed :-)

I love upma too…but this is really very simple to assemble :-)


7 A_and_N August 8, 2008 at 1:46 pm

yes, i agree that the Indian tricolors are clearly visible in this recipe :)

the Couscous salad looks awesome :)


8 kittie August 8, 2008 at 1:52 pm

I love chocolate and popcorn and loads of other unhealthy food – but can only go so far before I really start missing my fruit and veg!

I can’t imagine a day without ‘real’ food!!


9 delhibelle August 8, 2008 at 2:15 pm

chocolate for bf, lunch & dinner sounds a bit ugh even to a chocolate lover like me.

that couscos looks so pretty and inviting.


10 Shilpa August 8, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Thats a lovely dish. I made a similar one last week but without cheese. Never tried feta. I will try this version soon. Have a big pack of couscous which needs immediate attention :)


11 Sireesha August 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm

The coucous salad looks awesome ,colorful and inviting… Indian tricolors are clearly visible in this recipe :)


12 Pooja August 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Oh thats looks so lovely . i jsut started using cous cous , and loved it.
this is one healthy dish indeed.
would you like to send it for theme -Independence day ? this would be a perfect entry.


13 Sangeeth August 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm

very colourful indeed!


14 Aparna Inguva August 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm

How simple and elegant. looks yummy sunita


15 Uma August 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm

I don’t eat a lot of chocolates but your article is inspirational for sure.

The salad looks so delicious, colorful and healthy.


16 Richa August 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm

love the texture of ur colorful couscous :) hv a lovely wknd, sunita!


17 notyet100 August 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm

hppy weekend to u too,..this looks so yumnd healthy


18 Manisha August 8, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Mmm! Looks v appetizing!


19 musical August 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Lovely! And i echo Nags, very much reminds me of the Tiranga :) . Good stuff for 15th August! And i LOVe the lil’ signature at the end.

Have a great weekend, dear!



20 karuna August 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm

love the recipe. i too love my plate as well as my fridge too be full of colours. the reds, the greens, the orange…..i love them all and make sure i have them too.


21 Bharti August 8, 2008 at 9:29 pm

That dish looks super! I wish I could just pick off the feta right now. And I agree, everything in moderation. Including moderation ;-)


22 sunita August 9, 2008 at 12:09 am

Thanks…actually, I am beginning to notice the tricolours too…was completely unintentional :-)

I adore chocolates too…but would definitely not give up my fruits nd veggies for that :-)

thanks…i feel the same too :-)

Thanks…do give it a try…hope you like it :-)


23 sunita August 9, 2008 at 12:11 am

Thanks…all of you have brought the colours to my notice :-D

Thanks…would love to send it over to you:-)

Thanks :-)

thanks :-)


24 sunita August 9, 2008 at 12:13 am

Thanks :-)

Thanks…you enjoy your weekend too :-)

Thanks..we loved it a lot :-)

Thanks…how are medha’s projects progressing?


25 sunita August 9, 2008 at 12:16 am

Thanks…glad you mentioned your name..i often feel the urge to call you that…been waiting for your cue :-)

Thanks…and yes, what would we do without those colours :-)

Thanks :-)


26 Manggy August 9, 2008 at 6:43 am

You’re absolutely right,: although I don’t do as well on the colorful plates on a day-to-day basis. Does colored frosting count? Ha ha ha. Beautiful dish Sunita!


27 sunita August 9, 2008 at 8:52 am

Thanks…and coloured frosting ? You’re too funny :-D


28 live2cook August 9, 2008 at 10:56 am

colorful recipe and the photos are great.


29 Cynthia August 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm

I too love to have my colours daily. Your dish of couscous is perfect for this post.


30 Aparna August 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm

One more chocolate lover in the crowd!
But I love fruits and most vegetables too.:)
This salad is full of fibre and the colours are all there.


31 Pragyan August 11, 2008 at 1:44 am

That lady must be crazy..even I love chocolates..but wont give up regular food to eat chocolates :) Have tagged you for a meme, details on my blog!


32 sunita August 11, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Thanks :-)

Yes, life would be dull without ‘the colours’.

Thanks…we simply can’t do without our veg and fruits too :-)

I echo you…adore chocolate, but that has its limits too :-)


33 Divya Vikram August 15, 2008 at 1:41 am

Colourful and lovely..


34 Pooja August 15, 2008 at 2:16 am

thanks for being a part of celebration dear Sunita.


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