I have some diners who do not eat starch or fruit. In converting my Moroccan oxtail tajine to chicken I have had to deconstruct it to make some of my diners happy. I have moved all of the starch and fruit into this side dish. Green lentils take some time to cook while couscous cooks in no time at all. The trick here is to cook the dried fruit and lentils until almost done and then add more cooking liquid for the couscous.
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I need a starch dish to go with my chicken and pears. Noodles did not seem right. Potatoes or rice did not fit the hole in my head either. Since my dish is sort of French influenced, I had considered couscous to make it a bit Algerian. I tried searching for chicken and pear recipes and found several for soups with barley. That was the one that sounded right.
My sweet pepper and fennel soup was a bit shy on green vegetables. I did not want to add them to the soup, because it would muddle the flavors. I decided that I needed a small side salad. Some baby spinach, some sweet red onion that I happen to have on hand and maybe a sprinkle of parmesan with a balsamic/vinaigrette would be nice.