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Couscous with Lentils and Vegetables - A delicious vegetarian meal or side dish that is part of the Weight Watchers #SimpleStart program.

I was given a free one month subscription to Weight Watchers to try their new Simple Start plan and write about my experience.  Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.

We’ve just completed our first week on Weight Watchers’ Simple Start program – and thanks to great recipes like this Couscous with Lentils and Vegetables, it’s been easy to stay on a healthier (and delicious) eating plan!  My favorite jeans are already feeling a little looser in the waist these days and I’m thrilled!

The Simple Start program includes two weeks of recipes and meal ideas that have helped us get off to a great start on the Weight Watchers program!   The Simple Start app is easy to use – you can select a specific meal that you want to make like we show you here:

Or – you can create your own meals and recipes using a list of nutritious and satisfying ‘power’ foods that are all part of the Simple Start plan!  The app is on my phone so I’ve used it at the grocery store as my shopping list (so convenient!) – and we’ve even created some recipes you’ll see here featured here on A Family Feast!

Couscous with Lentils and Vegetables - A delicious vegetarian meal or side dish that is part of the Weight Watchers #SimpleStart program.

We’ve made quite a few of the recipes that are included in the Simple Start program – including our adapted version of this delicious couscous with lentils and vegetables!  It’s made with whole wheat couscous and has lentils for protein, plus a healthy serving of vegetables including red onion, mushrooms and tomatoes.

This couscous with lentils and vegetables can be served as a single vegetarian meal or as a side dish for two.

Couscous with Lentils and Vegetables - A delicious vegetarian meal or side dish that is part of the Weight Watchers #SimpleStart program.

Adapted recipe reprinted with permission from Weight Watchers.

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Couscous with Lentils and Vegetables - A Family Feast

Couscous with Lentils and Vegetables

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1 as a meal or 2 as a side dish


  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 ounces uncooked lentils
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon butter or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced (about ¼ teaspoon)
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 5 medium mushrooms, quartered
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 10 red and/or yellow grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped


  1. In a small sauce pan, heat one cup broth and lentils to boil, cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes or until tender. Set aside. If all the liquid evaporates before lentils are cooked, add a little water to finish cooking.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, place ½ cup vegetable broth, butter or oil and microwave until mixture is boiling. Remove from the microwave, add couscous, stir and cover. Let sit for five minutes covered. Then fluff with fork and set aside.
  3. Once lentils and couscous are cooked, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and garlic. Cook for about one to two minutes and add onions and mushrooms. Increase heat to medium high and sauté for about five minutes until mushrooms and onions are cooked. Add optional pepper flakes and tomatoes and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add fresh basil, cooked lentils and cooked couscous and cook just until at serving temperature. Season to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.

You may also like these other Simple Start recipes:

Beef Teriyaki and Vegetables

Beef Teriyaki and Vegetables - A Family Feast #SimpleStart

Baked Tilapia with Quinoa and Garlicky Green Beans

Baked Tilapia with Quinoa and Garlicky Green Beans - A Family Feast #SimpleStart

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  • Kat wrote:

    Added lemon juice , olives and tuna. Was a very helpful recipe would recconmend

    • Martha wrote:

      Great suggestion!

  • Vickie wrote:

    I wish you would share some of the recipes you created from the Simple start ingredients. I don’t like fish except for shell fish. I want to do this, however I don’t want to go strictly day by day menus,.

  • Danielle wrote:

    Yum! This looks amazing. Pinning to try next week.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Danielle!

  • Cheryl wrote:

    This looks absolutely delish! Can you use chicken stock in lieu of the vegetable stock? Not a fan of vegetable stock.

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh yes – absolutely Cheryl! We cook the quinoa in chicken stock all the time and it’s delicious! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Becki’s Whole Life wrote:

    I have always had good luck with Weight Watcher recipes. I just made some baked cod from one of their cookbooks this week and it was really, really good! This sounds like such a delicious side dish and I actually have a package of cous cous in my pantry! Sauteed veggies and cous cous are a great pair!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Becki! Me too! I love how they add a ton of flavor to their recipes without a lot of fattening ingredients! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Mel {MamaBuzz} wrote:

    We tried couscous for the first time the other night, and it was so delicious. This makes me want another dish.:)

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Mel! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • SHELLEY ZUREK wrote:

    Are you sure you are not a food stylist? You make me want to run out and buy all the ingredients tonight! I am doing Simple Start too and now I know I will try this recipe

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks so much Shelley! (No – not a food stylist!) 🙂 I’ll be sure to check out your Simple Start posts too!

  • Jillian wrote:

    You are amazing! Seriously, please send some of this my way. I have been on the hunt for some great vegetarian dishes and this looks incredible.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks so much Jillian!

  • Amber Edwards wrote:

    Oh My! I just ate the pasta with Meat sauce for dinner tonight from the Simple Start app; but I think I should have eaten this instead! Yum!

    • Martha wrote:

      Lol Amber! The meat sauce recipe looks delicious! It’s on my to try list too! Thanks for stopping by!

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