You haven’t tasted chickpeas until you’ve tried them roasted. Trust us, the delicious crunch is absolutely worth the time they spend in a hot oven. In this recipe, they’re tossed with bubbly Israeli couscous, roasted veggies, and smoked paprika for a mishmash of savory Mediterranean flavors. You likely won’t have leftovers, but if you do, they’ll taste even better the next day.
Vegetable Stock Concentrate
Wash and dry all produce. Adjust racks to middle and upper position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Trim zucchini, then cut into ½-inch cubes. Halve tomatoes. Strip thyme leaves from stems. Mince garlic. Trim, then thinly slice scallions, keeping greens and whites separate. Halve lemon.
Toss zucchini, tomatoes, and half the thyme leaves on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven on middle rack until tender, about 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.
Meanwhile, drain and rinse half the chickpeas from the box (use the rest as you like). On another baking sheet, toss chickpeas, paprika, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast in oven on upper rack until crisp, about 20 minutes, tossing halfway through. TIP: The chickpeas may pop—it’s natural.
Heat 1 TBSP butter, garlic, and scallion whites in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted and garlic is fragrant, add couscous and remaining thyme leaves. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until couscous is lightly toasted, 2-3 minutes.
Stir stock concentrate and 1½ cups water into pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and reduce to a simmer. Cook until couscous is al dente, 10-12 minutes.
Add half the veggies, half the feta cheese, and a squeeze of lemon to pot with couscous and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Divide couscous mixture between plates, then top with chickpeas and remaining veggies. Sprinkle with scallion greens and remaining feta cheese.