Chickpea Cauliflower "Couscous"


A Mediterranean skillet recipe combining trendy cauliflower and chickpeas, could you ask for anything more? The addition of dried apricots to this Mediterranean recipe add bright contrast to the beans and veggies.

Chickpea Cauliflower "Couscous"
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
35 mins
8 cups


  • ½ cup snipped dried apricots

  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 3 lb.), cut into florets (8 cups)

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ 5 ounce pkg. fresh baby spinach, chopped (2 1/2 cups)

  • 1 15-16 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

  • ½ cup roasted pistachios or toasted walnuts, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup sliced green onions


  1. Place the apricots in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water and let stand 10 minutes or until plump; drain well.

  2. Meanwhile, place the cauliflower in batches in a food processor. Cover and pulse each batch until crumbly and pieces resemble the texture of couscous.

  3. In an extra-large skillet heat 1 Tbsp. of the butter and 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion; cook and stir about 3 minutes or until tender and just starting to brown. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds more. Add the cauliflower, spreading in an even layer. Cook about 8 minutes or until cauliflower is golden, stirring occasionally. Spread in an even layer after stirring.

  4. Stir in the drained apricots, the spinach, chickpeas, pistachios, and salt. Cook and stir until combined. Stir in the remaining 1 Tbsp. butter and the green onions. Toss until butter melts. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
15g Fat
28g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 403mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 70.9mg 355%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 772mg 16%
Folate, total 128.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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