Couscous with Onion, Pine Nuts, and Dried Fruits by cucinagirl

Serves 2.

1/2 cup dry couscous 
1/4 cup raw pine nuts 
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil 
1/3 cup chopped (red) onion 
1/4 cup dried cranberries 
1 oz. dried mango (about 2 slices) 
salt 
pepper 
dash of ground cinnamon (optional) 
fresh or dried parsley

Soak the dried mango in 1/2 cup warm water.

Prepare the couscous according to package instructions.

Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently,  for a couple of minutes – until they are fragrant and just beginning to brown.  Set aside.

Heat butter or olive olive in the same skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and a few dashes of salt and sauté, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, translucent and beginning to brown. 

Roughly chop cranberries.  Remove mangoes from water and roughly chop. (Reserve liquid.)

When onions are done, add the cooked couscous and about half of the mango soaking water.   (If using dried parsley, add now.)  Stir over medium heat for a couple minutes, allowing liquid to cook off.  Add dried fruit, pine nuts, salt and pepper to taste, and a dash of cinnamon and fresh parsley, if using.   Toss all ingredients together over medium heat until well combined.   Serve warm or at room temperature.