Roasted Vegetable Couscous Meal Prep

Traveling is always fun, but I’m always so ready to get back to a good eating routine as soon as I get back. So, as soon as I got back from my trip to China I set to work preparing some meal preps. Meal preps with a LOT of vegetables! For this Roasted Vegetable Couscous Meal Prep I combined a few of my favorite recipes to create a super filling veggie-packed meal that can be made either with chicken or as a vegetarian/vegan meal prep with chickpeas. And remember, these meal preps can also be served as a regular dinner combo instead of being packed away for later!

Roasted Vegetable Couscous Meal Prep

This Meal Prep Includes:

Make This Meal Prep Vegetarian or Vegan

In the recipe instructions below I show you how to make quick Garlic Herb Chickpeas to use in place of the Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken Breast for a vegetarian option. Not only are the Garlic Herb Chickpeas super fast, but they bring the cost of this recipe down to $2.20 per serving instead of $4.00. So it’s quite a savings!

Use vegan ranch dressing to make the whole meal vegan, or make a homemade vegan ranch dressing. There are a TON of recipes for vegan ranch dressing online from very reputable sites. Check out Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing from Karissa’s Kitchen, Easy Ranch Dressing from Minimalist Baker, or Vegan Ranch Dressing from Food with Feeling.

How to Store the Roasted Vegetable Couscous Meal Prep

Store the roasted vegetable couscous with the sliced chicken or garlic herb chickpeas in one container, but I suggest leaving the ranch dressing separate, in case you want to reheat the dish before eating. This dish can be eaten cold or reheated. The exact containers in the photos in this post are apparently not available anymore, but you can find a comparable set of glass containers here (affiliate link).

Four glass meal prep containers with roasted vegetable couscous, two with sliced chicken breast, two with garlic herb chickpeas

 

Roasted Vegetable Couscous Meal Prep

Roasted Vegetable Couscous Meal Prep is a super filling, veggie-packed meal that can be made with chicken or vegetarian with chickpeas. 

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

  • 4 Roma tomatoes ($1.35)
  • 2 zucchini (about 20 oz.) ($1.69)
  • 1 bell pepper ($1.00)
  • 1 red onion ($0.42)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled ($0.32)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 2 pinches salt and pepper ($0.05)
  • 1 cup couscous ($0.79)
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth ($0.20)
  • 1/2 bunch parsley (about 1 cup chopped) ($0.40)

Garlic Herb Baked Chicken Breast or Garlic Herb Chickpeas*

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1/2 lb. each) OR two 15 oz. cans chickpeas ($4.23)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, room temperature ($0.36)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley ($0.10)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.03)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder ($0.03)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • pepper ($0.02)

Optional Dressing

  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing ($0.70)

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

  1. Prepare the Roasted Vegetable Couscous first. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Chop the Roma tomatoes, zucchini, and bell pepper into 1-inch pieces. Slice the red onion into 1/2-inch thick strips. Place the tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, and peeled garlic on a large baking sheet.

  2. Drizzle the olive oil over the chopped vegetables, toss to coat, then season with a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so.

  3. While the vegetables are roasting, begin the couscous. Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a small sauce pot. Once boiling, stir in the couscous. Place a lid on top, remove the pot from the heat, and let the couscous sit for five minutes, or until all of the broth is absorbed. Fluff the couscous with a fork, then place in the refrigerator to begin cooling as you prepare the rest of the meal.

For Garlic Herb Baked Chicken

  1. While the couscous is chilling, begin the garlic herb baked chicken. Combine the room temperature butter with the parsley, oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Stir until it forms a paste.

  2. If the chicken breasts are thick, gently pound them with a mallet or rolling pin until they are an even thickness, no more than 3/4-inch thick (I cover the chicken with plastic to prevent splatter when pounding). Pat the chicken dry, then smear the butter herb mixture over the entire surface.

  3. Place the seasoned chicken in a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, then slice into strips.

For Garlic Herb Chickpeas

  1. To make Garlic Herb Chickpeas instead, rinse and drain 2 15oz. cans of chickpeas. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium. Once hot, add the chickpeas, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the chickpeas are golden and the skins are blistered. Remove them from heat and then season with the same garlic herb spices used for the chicken (no butter). Stir until the chickpeas are coated in the herbs and spices.

Assemble the Meal Prep

  1. When the vegetables are finally finished roasting, pull out the whole garlic cloves from the baking sheet and mince them. Combine the partially cooled couscous, the roasted vegetables, garlic, and chopped parsley in a large bowl. Stir to combine. 

  2. Divide the Roasted Vegetable Couscous between four containers and top with sliced chicken or 1/4 of the Garlic Herb Chickpeas. Serve each portion with 2 Tbsp ranch dressing.

Garlic Herb Baked Chicken and Garlic Herb Chickpeas use the same blend of herbs and spices. The chickpeas will not need butter, only some oil for the skillet.

Four glass meal prep containers lined up with Roasted Vegetable Couscous and Garlic Herb Baked Chicken or Garlic Herb Chickpeas

 

Step by Step Photos

Whole vegetables for roasted vegetable couscous, on baking sheet

Start the roasted vegetables first, since they will take the longest to cook. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. I used 4 Roma tomatoes, 2 zucchini, 1 bell pepper, 1 red onion, and 4 cloves of garlic. Chop the zucchini, bell pepper, and tomatoes into 1-inch pieces. Slice the onion into 1/2-inch strips. Peel the garlic, but leave it whole.

Vegetables Ready to Roast on sheet pan

Place the chopped vegetables on a large baking sheet, drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil, and toss to coat. Season with a pinch or two of salt and pepper. 

Roasted Vegetables for Couscous on sheet pan

Roast the vegetables for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so. The rest of the meal will be prepared while the vegetables are in the oven. They will likely be the last ingredient to finish cooking.

Cooked Couscous in sauce pot, being fluffed with fork.

Begin the couscous next. Bring 1.5 cups vegetable broth to a boil in a small sauce pot. Once boiling, stir in 1 cup couscous, place a lid on top, remove it from the heat, and let it sit for 5 minutes, or until the broth is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, then transfer it to the refrigerator to begin cooling as you prepare the rest of the meal.

Garlic Herb Chicken Breast in a baking dish ready to go into the oven.

Next start the chicken. If your chicken is thick, pound it to an even thickness, no more than 3/4-inch thick, using a mallet or rolling pin (I cover it with plastic while pounding to prevent splatter). Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Combine 2 Tbsp room temperature butter with 1 tsp dried parsley, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and some pepper until it forms a paste. Spread the paste over the entire surface of the chicken.

Baked Garlic Herb Chicken Breasts in baking dish

Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, then slice into strips.

Season Chickpeas in skillet with garlic herb seasoning.

If you want to do Garlic Herb Chickpeas instead, simply rinse and drain two 15oz. cans of chickpeas. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium. Once hot, add the chickpeas and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the chickpeas are golden and the skins are blistered. Remove the chickpeas from the heat, then add the same garlic herb seasoning blend as used above (dried parsley, oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper). Stir to coat the chickpeas in the herbs and spices.

Ingredients for Roasted Vegetable Couscous in a bowl

When the vegetables are finally finished roasting, remove the whole garlic cloves and mince them. Combine the cooked and cooled couscous, roasted vegetables, garlic, and about 1/2 bunch chopped parsley (about 1 cup chopped) in a large bowl. Stir to combine.

Portioned Roasted Vegetable Couscous

Divide the Roasted Vegetable Couscous between four containers.

Four glass meal prep containers lined up with roasted vegetable couscous. Two with chicken and two with chickpeas

Then top with either sliced Garlic Herb Baked Chicken or Garlic Herb Chickpeas.

A Roasted Vegetable Couscous Meal Prep being eaten with a fork, a small dish of ranch on the side.

Drizzle 2 Tbsp ranch dressing over top of each serving just before eating.

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