For the couscous: Mix all the ingredients except the couscous in a saucepan and stir well until combined. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir in the couscous. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let sit until couscous is cooked, about 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and cool to room temperature.
For the pan-seared vegetables: Spray a nonstick skillet lightly with vegetable spray. Heat the skillet over very high heat until the oil just begins to smoke. Sauté the vegetables until browned in spots, stirring frequently. (Note: this step is essential to the final flavor). Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Mix the cooled vegetables with 2 cups of the prepared couscous.
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