Smoky Granola and Red Pesto Couscous Salad

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This simple and tasty red pesto couscous bowl is loaded with spiced roast chickpeas and a wonderfully versatile, insanely tasty smoky granola topping. The recipe makes enough smoky granola to chuck onto other dishes for an instant flavour boost, or as a moreish snack to keep you going through the rest of the week!

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For the smoky granola

<item-todo-done>250g almonds<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 ½ tsp smoked paprika<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp Nooch<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>100g mixed seeds<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tbsp olive oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> pinch of pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tbsp light soy sauce<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp apple cider vinegar<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> Salt & pepper to taste<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tsp smoked paprika<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 can chickpeas - rinsed and drained<item-todo-done>

For the roast chickpeas

<item-todo-done>1 tsp cumin<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp cayenne pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp onion powder<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp cumin<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp garlic powder<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp olive oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp chilli powder<item-todo-done>

For the pesto couscous

<item-todo-done>200g couscous<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>3 tbsp plant-based tomato pesto<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp salt<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> large pinch of flaky sea salt<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 red pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>15g fresh parsley<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 spring onions<item-todo-done>

To serve

<item-todo-done>100g hummus<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> handful of smoky granola<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>50g rocket<item-todo-done>

Before you start

Preheat oven to 180˚C, fan setting | Mixing bowl | Baking sheet lined with parchment paper | Large bowl

**Make the smoky granola **

  • Roughly chop the almonds (no less than a quarter of their original size)
  • Mix the light soy sauce, olive oil, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chilli powder and a pinch of pepper to a mixing bowl and stir to combine
  • Add the chopped almonds and mixed seeds to the bowl and stir well to combine
  • Roast the coated granola in a single layer on a baking tray and roast for 8 minutes
  • Transfer to a fresh baking tray or bowl to prevent overcooking, then sprinkle with flaky sea salt and mix to coat
  • Let the granola cool to room temperature, transfer to a clean sealable container and use within 12-14 days

Prepare the roast chickpeas

  • Drain, rinse and pat dry the chickpeas and put them in a bowl
  • Add the paprika, cumin, cayenne, vinegar, olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper and stir to cover and coat
  • Spread the chickpeas out on a baking tray, put the tray in the oven and roast for 25 minutes

Prepare the couscous

  • Boil a kettle and tip the couscous, red pesto, salt and pepper into a bowl
  • Pour over boiling water so that the couscous is covered by 5mm of water and stir so the pesto mixes with the water
  • Cover the bowl and set aside for at least 5 minutes

Prepare the remaining ingredients and finish the couscous

  • Trim and finely slice the spring onions
  • Halve, core and dice the red pepper
  • Finely slice the parsley (saving a few leaves for garnish), discarding the stalks
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork, add the spring onions, pepper and parsley to the bowl and fold into the couscous
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper

Time to serve

  • Spoon the couscous into bowls, top with the roast chickpeas, hummus and rocket
  • Sprinkle over the smoky granola and serve immediately
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