Don’t go crazy looking for last-minute holiday gifts, go couscous! I have a festive and vegetarian-friendly make-ahead mix that can be layered beautifully into glass jars. A frugal and eco-friendly tip is to use a repurposed Litehouse Food dressing jar for these gourmet food gifts.
Supplies needed: 3 recycled 11-ounce Litehouse Food dressing jars or 3 new 12-ounce jelly or mason jars, ribbon, gift tags., • 1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Mint, • 1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Parsley, • 2 tablespoons Instantly Fresh Red onion, • 2 vegetable bouillon cubes that have been smashed into powder, • 1 teaspoon black pepper, • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat pearl (Israeli) couscous, • 1 1/2 cups regular pearl (Israeli) couscous, • 1 cup raw shelled pistachios (can sub any nut), • 1 cup dried cranberries pomegranate blend (can sub any dried fruit),
In small bowl, mix together mint, parsley, red onion, crushed vegetable bullion and pepper. Pour approximately 2 tablespoons of spice mix into the bottom of clean, dry jar. Repeat for total of 3 jars. Layer in ingredients in a manner that pleases you until ½-inch from top. The approximate measurements I used for my layers were 1/3 cup for each couscous layer and 3 tablespoons for each fruit and/or nut layer. Screw lid tightly on and decorate with ribbon. Makes 3 gift jars that serve 2 - 3 people each. Cooking directions above in post.