Couscous

 My boyfriend and I made a delicious dinner with fish, broccoli salad (well, he made a lot of the dinner :-D  I was practicing my fine culinary skills chopping an onion, slowly), and couscous. Couscous is one of the few cooked dinner grains that I actually enjoy. I’m not a big fan of rice or regular pasta, but I love couscous. 

(Pictured: Standard couscous on the left, Israeli couscous on the right is just larger like orzo)

It is traditionally a staple of North Africa, but most all countries in the Middle East and Europe eat couscous. Did you know couscous is just an itty bitty pasta? Yep, it’s just semolina wheat flour like all other pastas. This does not mean it is whole grain, but you can find some ready to cook packages of whole grain couscous.

Now, I know some of you, “ahh! No! I won’t eat white flour! ah!”. Do not worry. Pasta actually has a lower glycemic index than most non-whole grain products. All this means is that pasta will sustain your energy for a few hours. Unlike plain white bread or a donut which will likely cause that “sugar crash” soon after you eat. Pasta products are part of a healthy balanced diet. Just remember a serving size is half of a baseball. 

Quick Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Couscous Recipe: (makes about 3-4 servings)
1. Boil 1 cup water, salted.
2. Add 1 cup plain couscous. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 mins with lid on.
3. Add chopped garlic, 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts (preferably the kind packed in oil), 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 2 Tbsp. parsley, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
4. Put the lid back on and let the ingredients warm–up for 2 mins. Enjoy! 

Comments

  1. says

    Yeah, try it! Couscous is seriously so easy. All you do is bowl the water, and pour in couscous and let it sit for 5 mins. And it's easy to remember because it is equal water to couscous ratio (1 cup to 1 cup).

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