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Wellness / October 24, 2016

Recipe: Zucchini, Black Bean, and Cous Cous Skillet

Written by: Alix Brossette

This one-skillet recipe makes four 1 ¼ cup servings and will fuel you well after a long day of adventure. It can be made at home or over a campfire—all you need is a heat source, a cast-iron skillet, and a spoon for stirring.

Feel free to eyeball the measurements of spices. This is a skillet, after all—there’s no need to be exact.

Nutritional info (per serving):

  • Calories: 358
  • Total fat: 11 grams
  • Total carbohydrates: 49 grams
  • Total protein: 17 grams



  • 1 tbsp ghee butter
  • 3 small/medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and chopped
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp ancho, chipotle, or red chili powder
  • ½ tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 15oz can low sodium whole black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water or low sodium vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup couscous, uncooked
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup goat cheese crumbles or Kerrygold grass fed cheddar, shredded
  • 1 avocado and/or several cilantro leaves for garnish/serving


  • Heat ghee in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add zucchini,  bell pepper, jalapeno, salt and spices and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add beans, tomatoes and water. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  • Add couscous and stir well.
  • Cover and remove from heat and let stand seven minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve with avocado and/or cilantro.


  • To keep this vegan, omit the cheese and add some more protein by sprinkling a tablespoon or two of toasted hemp seeds on top.
  • If you’re NOT vegan, consider adding a chopped, grilled chicken breast to the top of this mix.
about the author

Alix Brossette

Alix is a coach and licensed nutritionist whose trademark crazy, curly hair creates the perfect vibe for who she is - lots of energy, depth and discipline, which when tamed is inspiring and when wound tight (like her curls) is her driving force.

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