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Tomato, Couscous & Bean Stew

 This is a simple stew, if you would call it that, that I made for Cooper. It easy to make and very tasty. It's a great dish for babies and toddlers, but also makes a tasty lunch or side dish for mum and dad too. It's one of those dishes, that I always have the ingredients for.

Cooper is a bit poorly just now. He has a stinking cold, but he still enjoyed this for lunch. He wolfed down his porridge today too, so that is a good sign. He was more off his food before the cold arrived. Mind you, he is teething just now and a cold quite often seems to come at the same time as his new teeth. It's no fun being a baby, sorry I meant to say toddler. I must stop calling him a baby now he is one and walking.

Anyway, here is the recipe.

Tomato, Couscous & Bean Stew

1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely sliced
2 large flat mushrooms, chopped
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 x 400g tin mung beans
4 tbsp tomato puree
1 cup couscous
1&frac12 cups/ ¾ pint vegetable stock (I used Heinz Organic Vegetable Stock Cubes as they are very low salt and suitable from 4-6 months onwards.)
freshly ground black pepper
a handful of fresh basil, torn or chopped

Saute the garlic and shallot in the olive oil until the onion is tender and translucent.

Add the mushrooms and cook gently for a few minutes until they too have softened.

Pour in the chopped tomatoes, well rinsed mung beans and the couscous.

Add the vegetable stock and tomato puree and stir well.

Simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the couscous has fluffed up and the stew has thickened, season with black pepper. Don't add salt if this dish is for a baby or toddler, but you may like to add a little if you are making it for adults.

Makes 3-4 adult portions
6-8 baby or toddler portions

Lastly add the fresh basil.


  1. This stew sounds wonderful and healthy.

  2. I love a stew like this... I think i'd add some veggie sausages too!... lovely and thanks for the recipe x

  3. Poor wee mote, hope he is feeling better soon. With a lovely meal like this I'm sure he'll be back to annoying Mum and Dad in no time lol

  4. Love this stew look delicious and love cous cous! gloria

  5. delicious combination haven't had like this in stew

  6. It's really tasty Simply Food :)

    That sounds like an idea Dom. I never really eat veggie sausages. Maybe I just need to find some good ones :)

    Hopefully he will be ok in a couple of days Chele :)

    Thanks Gloria :)

    You should give it a try Akheela :)

  7. looks like a good way to fight a cold - hope wee cooper is better soon - though the teeth can seem to take forever - and hope you are getting some sleep

  8. He's really good Johanna and sleeps through the night. Hope I haven't tempted fate :)

  9. Poor li'l baby... teething is really no fun at all, and it lasts a mighty long time when you're a parent. You're so lucky Cooper sleeps through the night, my owl didn't sleep through until she was almost 2 and half... I was in a lack of sleep daze forever!!

    The stew looks delicious, and I think I'll make it for the kid and husband... they love stewy stuff, and its so full of protein too.

  10. Oh no, 2 and a half! At least I am getting some sleep but poor baby!

    Enjoy the stew Michelle :)

  11. Hi there Jacqueline!

    Great recipe you have posted here. Hope Cooper feels better. Must be a great feeling seeing him walking.

    I absolutely love cous cous and I do enjoy your combination of garlic, shallots and tomato puree! I think this is a really healthy dish and a great blog to come back to.

    Hope you have a great weekend. Take care.


  12. He'll always be YOUR baby, Jacqueline. This is a most comforting soup...hope he feels better soon.

  13. My husband loves stews and I've never tried one with cous cous. It looks delicious and I bet my husband will love it!

  14. I hope your little one is feeling better soon.

    I haven't really warmed to couscous for some reason, but I might like it if it was in the actual stew rather than alongside. I love stews, the are so warm and comforting. I haven't seen those Heinz stock cubes, I must have a look for them.. or it might just be that my supermarket is too rubbish to stock them (very likely). I have an 18 month old so a bit of low salt is good. She would totally like this meal.

  15. I love recipes like these - simple, delicious and wholesome. I make something similar sans couscous and serve it with pasta, like a veggie spag bol. ;-)

  16. I'm in. Easy and it sounds great.

  17. Mmm just made this for mine & my 13 month old's lunch. I used lentils as didn't have mung beans. Was delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by to let me know.



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