Shrimp, Mandarin and Asparagus Whole Wheat Couscous
1 cup of dry whole wheat couscous
1/2 of a bunch of asparagus
1 11 oz. can of mandarin oranges
8 oz of thawed, cooked, cleaned, medium shrimp, more if desired (I used Trader Joe's)
Prepare couscous as directed on the box. Prep asparagus, wash and snip the bottoms. In a large sauce pan, bring three inches of water to a boil, add the asparagus, cover and cook until al dente, about 6-8 minutes. I always stop the cooking of my asparagus by throwing them in an ice bath right after cooking. Just fill a bowl with cold water and ice cubes, this will keep your asparagus al dente and a nice bright green color. Chop asparagus into about 1 inch pieces or larger if you like. By now, your couscous has been sitting on the oven, covered but done for a couple of minutes. Lightly stir in the asparagus and the mandarin oranges. Take the shrimp and rinse under water, drain. Add to couscous. Salt and pepper to taste. Viola! This whole dish takes about 15 minutes from prep to cook!