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15-minute Prep-ahead Cheesy Spinach-Couscous Bake

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About a month ago, I posted about my Halloween Plant Protein Bowls that I made as a very satisfying vegan lunch that was easy to bring to work.  Well, when I prepped that recipe the first time, I made waaaaaaaaay too much whole wheat couscous.  Fortunately, couscous keeps beautifully in the fridge, so I figured I’d use it for the next week’s lunches as well.  After a whole week of that ridiculously healthy protein bowl, I wanted something with cheese, and lots of it.  But of course, it still had to be healthy!  I also had a lot of frozen spinach, which I knew would be a low-cost and low-effort way to mix in some veggies.  I love making pasta bakes with spinach and cheese, so that sounded like a good lunch.  However, I knew I’d need more protein.  Fortunately, I also had a ton of lentils left over from the protein bowls, and lentils are always delicious, so I was all set.  The couscous (whole wheat only, of course- check the label!) and lentils would pair nicely to complete the amino acid profile of my lunch.

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So, I set about making more lentils and mixing them into the prepared couscous.  Then, I simply mixed in a lot of cheese and some thawed spinach.  I portioned out the mixture, topped each portion with a little more cheese, and broiled them until the cheese browned.  These were very easy and delicious to pop in my lunch box and warm through for lunch!

Cheesy Spinach-Couscous Bake

Cheesy Spinach-Couscous Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry whole wheat couscous
  • 1 cup dry red split lentils
  • 12 oz frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder as desired

Directions

  1. Prepare the couscous and lentils according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, defrost the spinach in the microwave and drain of excess liquid.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, then portion out into single servings (if desired).
  4. Top each serving with more mozzarella and then broil until the cheese browns.
  5. Refrigerate and reheat as desired.
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