I may have posted this recipe before only because I love this dish. I am all about the quick and the easy and this dish is both. The crunchy veggies mixed with the soft cous-cous is a perfect combo.
I used Israeli cous-cous for this recipe. I cannot get enough Israeli cous-cous. I enjoy it more than the small pearled cous-cous. Up until I moved I was a member at Costco and could buy huge 5 pound bags for around $9. I still have about half a bag left.
You could use any mixture of veggies, I used what I had left in the fridge. I am guessing on the cost for the cous-cous because I have no idea how many cups are in the bag. I don't keep the bags and have it stored in a metal container. Also the carrots are a guess, I bought a 3lb bag and I didn't count how many carrots are in the bag. I will need to pay attention more on the next trip!
I also can't keep track of how much spices costs, especially everyday spices like salt & pepper. You can pick up everyday spices for super cheap at the Dollar Store or even Big Lots.
1 1/2 cup dried cous-cous $0.56
3 c. Water $0
4 carrots $0.75
1 sm onion $0.37
1 red or yellow bell pepper $1.50
1/2 bag spinach (couple of handfuls) $1
Salt & pepper to taste
Italian seasoning to taste
Total cost: $4.18
I can get about 4 meals out of this, cost per meal: $1.05