Rockin’ the Pumpkin

We’ve got one more pumpkin recipe for you before we head back to sampling recipes from the Philippines. This particular dish makes use of the leftover roasted pumpkin we had from our risotto and makes for a great lunch or side salad. If you don’t have any leftover pumpkin on hand, it’s simple to roast up a fresh batch, just allow for an extra hour of cooking time.

So what is this easy, tasty and refreshing pumpkin recipe? The Pumpkin and Couscous Rocket Salad. Yep, it’s healthy and offers some much-needed freshness after all the Halloween sweets and treats. We started by preparing our couscous. We used a whole wheat couscous, chicken stock, dry white wine, fresh sage, lemon zest and lemon juice. 

We boiled the chicken stock and white wine together in a small sauce pan and then combined the couscous, minced sage, lemon zest and lemon juice in a heat proof bowl.

We added the boiling stock to the couscous mix, covered it and set it aside for five minutes. We then cut up our leftover pumpkin slices into one-inch cubes.

When the couscous was ready, we tossed in the pumpkin.

Then we grabbed our rocket (arugula), feta and red onion slices. We plated the arugula and added a bit of lemon juice over the top.

Next we scooped out some of the pumpkin couscous over the greens, topped that with feta and onion slices. We also threw on a few dried cranberries just for fun. Next we made a homemade lemon vinaigrette and grabbed our homemade croutons from a few days earlier and tossed those over the top as well.

A final splash of balsamic vinegar and that was it. Our meal was ready to go.

This is another dish that just Mike and I enjoyed albeit not together. Thursday was one of those days that we were all running in different directions and grabbing meals when we could. I ate my salad as an early dinner on my way out the door and Mike ate his as a later dinner after work.

The kids, well, with as much cooking as we’ve done this past year, chicken nuggets have become somewhat of a rarity. And since they’re not big on salads, or pumpkin, and they still LOVE chicken nuggets, we figured they were due for a little treat. Needless to say, they were in heaven! Chicken nuggets and a night with their Papa who is full of games, stories and fun. I don’t even think Mike and I were missed.

As for our quick salad dinners, it wasn’t bad as far as salads go. It’s light, quick, refreshing and easy. I gave the salad 3 spoons and Mike gave it 2 spoons. He said it was good, but not memorable. I rarely find a salad really memorable, but I do enjoy them and will make this one again, so I’m still giving it higher marks. The highest marks go out to Papa though – I came home to a clean house and clean children that were sound asleep. Thanks again Papa!

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41 thoughts on “Rockin’ the Pumpkin

  1. Kay aka Babygirl says:

    Oh girl.. there are some salads that are memorable for me. But those are the ones I try pairing with romaine lettuce and coming up with something I never expected. This Pumpkin and Couscous Rocket Salad doesn’t look bad at all.. I would definitely like to give it a try. And you know those two missed their momma and daddy.. they just needed a break and I’m sure you guys did too 🙂

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    • Kristy says:

      LOL! Yes, I’m sure they missed us. And believe me I missed them. I’d much rather have been home with them than sitting in traffic for two hours on my way to a work function. 😦 Next time we leave the kids – I’m hoping it will be for date night!

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  2. rsmacaalay says:

    What a teaser Kristy, now I really do always look forward on your posts now I am thinking whats the next possible recipe will you post. I love it that you are featuring Filipino recipes 🙂
    Anyways enough about that, your salad do look great, I had tried something similar here but they also add sweet potatoes on it. Love it!

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    • Kristy says:

      Oh! I would love the addition of sweet potatoes. No one else eats them here though. I’m not giving up on the kids though. I keep trying to entice them with new sweet potato recipes. 😉

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    • Kristy says:

      It’s definitely lemony! 🙂 Honestly, living close to our parents is the best part about having moved back to this area. It’s so nice having their help. I don’t know what we’d do without them.

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  3. Karen says:

    This is a meal that I would love but my husband would be like Mike. When I ask him if he would like salad with dinner he just makes a face. I could eat it every day of the week.

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    • Kristy says:

      LOL. Yep. I think Mike enjoys salads in the summer, but as a meal in the fall and winter, definitely less so. I find them perfect though – especially with all of the festivities and holidays the seasons bring. I gotta find ways to keep things reasonably healthy. 😉

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  4. Charles says:

    Poor old salads – no-one seems to find them memorable 😀 I love couscous though – isn’t it so fantastically easy to cook? “Oh, slosh on some boiling water and leave for a bit” – good times 🙂 Feta and big slices of raw, red onion? Heaven for me – although I think I’d add in some black olives too – they just seem to go so well with feta and onion!

    Your photography is so good now Kristy – amazing, just so beautiful! Did you try to submit any of your posts to foodgawker or tastespotting yet?

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    • Kristy says:

      LOL! I like the “poor old salads.” 🙂 Now if I skipped the pumpkin and put in olives for Mr. N he would definitely enjoy this salad. 🙂 Good thought for next time. Thanks for the feedback on the photos Charles. I really appreciate it. I have submitted a few to foodgawker and tastespotting. I have trouble with the square format thing. If I crop the photo to a square the composition goes out the window. I’m not sure how to keep the composition in that format. Is there a trick?

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  5. Eva Taylor says:

    I Kristy, last night we made couscous the traditional Moroccan way, and you wouldn’t believe how much work it is! It took about an hour, start to finish, and without spoiling the recipe when I get home, let’s just say you’re up ’till your elbows in hot couscous!

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  6. spicegirlfla says:

    Kristy, this is fabulous!! You know how I love my pumpkin!! I’ve added a link feature to my last post on a Salads for Thanksgiving. If you’d like to share this salad, please stop by and link up!!

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  7. Kelly says:

    A clean house? Can I borrow Papa?? I’m surprised this salad wasn’t a bigger hit with you and Mike – the elements are so tasty – rocket, feta, lemon and roasted pumpkin…. I don’t know, I’m thinking I would find this memorable. Loving the whole wheat couscous girl!! And the photos of the salad are lovely (the cranberry is so pretty). Hope you find time to relax and enjoy this weekend 🙂

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    • Kristy says:

      You know, I’m still amazed that not a single toy was left out. Such a fun surprise to come home to! And I thought you’d like the whole wheat couscous! I even used Turbinado today in place of brown sugar in a recipe. 😉 You know, I really did enjoy the salad and will make it again for lunch. I think it was just a bit rushed as a dinner as I had to scarf it down on my way out the door. Fortunately we found lots of time to relax this weekend! It was great. 🙂

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  8. sallybr says:

    COunt me in with the others – this salad is a winner, puuuuurfect for November

    Now, the question of the year: how can you stand having such two adorable kids around you all the time? It is cuteoverload in real life form! 😉

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  9. smartfoodandfit says:

    Omg, this is my favorite salad. I made something simlar last week though I used quinoa and boiled it in plain old water! lol I topped it to with pumpkin and cranberries though I usually add feta but ran out so ate it w/out cheese. I love salads and can eat them all day long.
    We do chicken nuggets too on those nights when it gets hectic, but lately we’ve switched it up to fish sticks instead of nuggets. Lucky you that Papa cleaned the house, I’ll pay him to clean my house airfare and all! lol

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    • Kristy says:

      LOL! I was very happy when I came home that night…nothing left to do but change out of my work clothes and relax! 🙂 Quinoa would be a fun addition to this salad. I’ve yet to make it, but I think Mr. N learned how at his cooking class. 😉

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  10. ChgoJohn says:

    This would make a great salad for this time of year. I can even see it coming into play after Thanksgiving, when sometimes a salad is needed to serve as an antidote to all of the food consumed that weekend. Can Papa be hired? I’ve no kids to be put to bed but it sure would be nice to come home to a clean house. 🙂

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