Choose this lime-basil-infused salad—with chunks of beta-carotene-laced sweet potatoes and tender, high-fiber, protein-rich black soybeans—for a healthy meatless main dish you can have on the table in 15 minutes. Preparation Time: 10 minutes minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes minutes
3/4 cup water 2/3 cup wheat couscous 1 (16-ounce) package refrigerated cubed peeled sweet potato (such as Glory) 1/4 cup fat-free lime-basil vinaigrette (such as Maple Grove Farms) 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black soybeans (such as Eden Organic), rinsed and drained 2 cups baby spinach 5 tablespoons crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese 3 green onions, chopped
1. Bring 3/4 cup water to boil in a medium saucepan; gradually stir in couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
2. While couscous stands, place sweet potato on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave at HIGH 5 minutes or until tender.
3. Combine vinaigrette, pepper, and salt in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add couscous, sweet potato, soybeans, and spinach; toss gently to coat. Top each serving with cheese; sprinkle evenly with onions.
Yield: 5 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups couscous salad and 1 tablespoon cheese)
CALORIES 228 (17% from fat); FAT 4g (sat 1.1g,mono 0.7g,poly 1.7g); IRON 2.4mg; CHOLESTEROL 3mg; CALCIUM 102mg; CARBOHYDRATE 39.8g; SODIUM 287mg; PROTEIN 10.5g; FIBER 7.3g