Vegetable hot pot with couscous

Try swapping the couscous for rice, pasta or polenta for variety.
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a serving of vegetable hot pot with couscous in a white bowl with chickpeas in the background
V Vegetarian SF Soy free NF Nut free EF Egg free Main meal

The nutritional information provided is based on the exact ingredients and method as shown. Any variation/s to the ingredients or method may alter the nutritional outcome.

  1. Peel and finely dice onion.
  2. Cut cauliflower into small florets.
  3. Cut carrot and zucchini into small pieces.
  4. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until soft but not brown.
  5. Add sweet paprika, tomato and tomato paste. Stir and bring mixture to a simmer.
  6. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  7. Add vegetables, chickpeas and water to the pot. Stir to mix.
  8. Cover and cook for 30 to 40 minutes (until all vegetables are soft).
  9. Cook couscous according to packet instructions.
  10. Serve hotpot with a spoon of natural yoghurt and couscous.

Each serve provides

Meat/alternatives (chickpeas) ½ children’s serve
Vegetables 1 children’s serve
Grains (couscous) 1 children’s serve
Vitamin C Good source
Iron Source

Allergy modifications

For a milk protein free or lactose free option, omit the yoghurt.
For a gluten/wheat free option, replace couscous with polenta or rice.


When serving this recipe for lunch, offer another food that includes at least half a serve of lean meat, poultry, fish or an alternative at another time during the day to ensure children meet their requirements for lean meat and alternatives. Some options include:

    roast beef sandwiches with 15g roast beef per child
    egg sandwiches with half an egg per child
    veggie sticks with 30g hummus dip per child
    one serve of fruity bread pudding, apple sponge or stripy egg slice per child
    2 falafel balls per child.

Options include

  • For variety, serve hotpot with rice, pasta or polenta instead of couscous.
  • This recipe can be cooked in the oven after Step 4. Transfer mix to a large oven dish, cover and cook for approximately 1 hour in an oven preheated to 180°C.

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