Try it out Tuesday...Costco Indulgences Edition

     I think that we are all guilty of Costco indulgences.  I love Costco, but sometimes I am prone to getting those things that are not actually needed, but sure are enjoyable.

     A few months ago my brother and his amazing family were in town, and I was lucky enough to get to spend the evening with my nieces and nephews.   My brother bought takeout for the occasion from a local place, and I had a delicious couscous dish.   Good enough that I have thought about it several times since then.

     I have been trying to be more economical in my cooking, or at least making the most of the ingredients that I do have, and justifying some of my "indulgences".  So I thought why not take a spin on that amazing couscous dish with what I already had in my fridge and pantry?  This dish was quick, simple and so good!
   
     So my Costco indulgence at times are many, but I have been trying to work on self restraint, but certain things I just can't resist. 
   
     My top pics are kalamata olives, capers and artichoke hearts.   Not terribly practical I know, but they are delicious.   I love strong bold flavors, especially the Mediterranean flavors, so this dish was a great way to mesh all of these together.   This was a light, yet filling dinner, and it made enough that I have lunch for the next 2-3 days at work.  Try this recipe out, and let me know what your Costco indulgences are.

Costco Indulgence CousCous

Ingredients:

1 cup dry couscous cooked according to package directions (I prefer to use the larger couscous)
1 cup chopped artichoke hearts
10-12 grape tomatoes halved
10-12 kalamata olives halved
1 small shallot diced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp capers
salt and pepper to taste
dash of lemon juice
shredded Parmesan and chopped parsley for garnish

Directions:

In a medium skillet on medium heat saute the shallot and garlic in the olive oil till the shallot is almost translucent.  then add the capers, artichoke hearts and olives.  Cook for 5-7 minutes on medium high heat.  Add in the cooked couscous and add salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.   Add the halved tomatoes and then let cook for 3-5 more minutes on medium low heat. 

Garnish with Parmesan and parsley and enjoy!

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