Couscous with Tofu, Zucchini & Basil

Traditional in America’s southern states, succotash is always made with corn and usually includes lima beans and green and red peppers. In this variation we use green beans and tomatoes for the red and green. This is a delicious side dish that could easily be turned into an entrée with the addition of squash, diced cooked chicken, and even kidney beans or chick peas, two legumes kids seem to prefer.

Number of Servings



  • 2 cups water, salted
  • ⅓ cup couscous
  • ¼  cup plus 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ¾ oz firm tofu, small dice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ clove garlic, sliced
  • ½ cup zucchini, seeded, small dice
  • ½ cup red onion
  • ¾ cup fresh basil, chiffonade
  • ¼  cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
  • ½ teaspoon ground red chili


  1. Bring two cups of salted water to a boil.
  2. Place raw couscous in a large bowl and add enough of the salted boiling water to just cover the couscous. Allow it to stand for about 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Drizzle ½ of the olive oil into the couscous, stir to break up lumps (you may need to use your hands).
  4. Dice tofu. Combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, and garlic, and pour over the tofu. Set aside.
  5. Combine zucchini, onions, herbs, ground chili, and zest and mix well. Drain the tofu and gently toss into the couscous. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
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