Vegetarian Cheeseburger Couscous with Roasted Vegetables, and Bourbon Trail Shenanigans

21 Mar

We finally took another trip, and this time, it was centered around bourbon! Yep – Chris and I drove down to Kentucky with our friends, Matt and Ashley, and met up with another couple, Barry and Stacey. We spent four glorious days visiting distilleries, learning about the history and creation of bourbon, and of course: sampling a wide variety of delicious bourbons! We ate good food, drove around Kentucky, and laughed way too much.

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Lunch stop on the way to Kentucky at Milktooth in Indianapolis. Mango Michelada, strawberry-kumquat poptart, and a savory Dutch baby pancake with roasted broccoli, hazelnuts, aged cheddar, micro greens, and fennel.

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Bourbon flights!

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The crew at Buffalo Trace – definitely the best tour and experience!

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Kissing a barrel of what will someday turn into Eagle Rare – my favorite bourbon, aged 10 years!

After four distillery tours and several bourbon bars, I have expanded my palate for bourbon: something I have only been interested in for a year or so now (thanks to Chris!).

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Maker’s Mark has beautiful rolling hills!

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Makers Mark also has fantastic artwork and bourbon!

Unfortunately, the trip had to end and we were on our way back home on Sunday in no time. The 6.5 hour drive wasn’t too bad, and we stopped for lunch in Lafayette, IN (nothing to write home about). But that meant that we’d be home for dinner…after four days away and a rather barren fridge.

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Bulleit Experience @ Stitzel-Weller Distillery

Luckily, the monthly Recipe Redux challenge asked us to develop a recipe made with at least three ingredients that we had on hand, with the intent to do a little “spring cleaning” of the kitchen. How perfect, given our current situation after several days away!

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As a Wisconsinite, I always have cheese on hand; usually several types of cheeses at any given point have residence in our fridge. Upon returning home, there were full blocks of herbed Havarti and aged cheddar, a half bag of shredded cheddar, and a half tub of whipped cream cheese (Chris’s favorite). What’s more, there were a few fresh vegetables leftover from the week prior, begging to be cooked into a tasty dish.

Finally, I always keep a variety of grains stocked in the pantry. It had been a while since I cooked couscous, so it seemed the best choice in the effort to spring clean the pantry. Add in a high-protein beefless ground, and I have a dinner that’s healthy, vegetarian, and uses up quite a few ingredients!

Vegetarian Cheeseburger Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

Serves 4

  • 1 C frozen green peas
  • 1 C frozen corn
  • 2 red or orange bell peppers, diced
  • 6 stalks celery, diced
  • olive oil and black pepper, to roast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 C vegetable stock
  • 1 C medium-grain couscous
  • 2 C beefless ground or other ground meat-free product
  • 4 oz herbed Havarti cheese, diced

Preheat oven to 400. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with PAM. In a single layer, place all the veggies on the sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with black pepper. Roast for 23 minutes at 400.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil and vegetable stock in a pot. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and stir in the couscous. Cover and set aside for six minutes.

Heat the beefless ground in a microwave-safe bowl for two minutes.

Once the couscous is done, stir in the diced cheese and heated beefless ground. Cover with the lid and let sit until the vegetables are done roasting.
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To serve, spoon the couscous mixture onto plates or bowls, and top with the roasted vegetables. Enjoy hot!
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18 Responses to “Vegetarian Cheeseburger Couscous with Roasted Vegetables, and Bourbon Trail Shenanigans”

  1. ACKTIVE LIFE March 22, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    YUM! Looks delicious and a nice way to switch things up from regular ground beef. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. diana March 22, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    You make it, I’d try it! (“You have to at least TRY everything at least once!” Oma) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • xtinaluvspink March 22, 2017 at 8:29 am #

      She taught me well!! I think you’d like this, mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mariangelica @ Chasing Littles March 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

    Thanks for sharing such a nice and simple recipe! I like that I can give it a try and see what my husband thinks! Wish me luck!

    • xtinaluvspink March 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

      Good luck! It’s boyfriend approved, if that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner March 22, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    what a great vegetarian option I love it!

  5. Jessica Fishman Levinson March 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    Looks like you had a blast! This recipe sounds so good too!

  6. Carmy March 22, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    So simple but so delicious! I need to try this!

  7. chrissystein March 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    Looks like you had a great time. And what a great way to whip up a healthy meal when coming home from a fun trip. That’s not always easy to do when you’re tired and just getting home.

    • xtinaluvspink March 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

      So true! I even got in a 3 mile run upon returning home!

  8. abbey sharp March 22, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    OMG this looks super tasty!! I’m a big fan of couscous

  9. Emily @Sinful Nutrition March 23, 2017 at 6:25 am #

    That sounds like such a fun day! That kumquat poptart sounds amazing!

    • xtinaluvspink March 23, 2017 at 6:46 am #

      It was a whole long weekend! That poptart was crazy – had a champagne glaze!

  10. Julie Wunder March 23, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    What a great time! I always have cheese on hand too!

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