Mediterranean Couscous

Couscous is another grain that I love to cook with.  It is similar to rice and pasta but couscous stands out because it contains many more vitamins and nutrients.  It has about the same ratio of protein as pasta does, but a little more than rice does.  Couscous has a 1% fat-calorie ratio, whereas white rice has a 3% ratio and pasta 5% ratio.

As you may have seen, there are various types of couscous.  Three of the most common are:

  • Morrocan couscous: tiny grains of semolina
  • Israeli couscous: semolina pellets that are a little bigger than Morrocan
  • Lebanese couscous: this is the largest kind, about the size of small peas
Recently, I made a Mediterranean Couscous… it is a great dish to make ahead of time and pack for lunches/snacks for the week.
1 cup whole wheat couscous (from Trader Joe’s)
2 cups water
2 zucchinis
1 tomato
1 cup spinach
Feta cheese
All I did was cook the couscous according to the package, chop up the ingredients, and add it to the couscous.  Such an easy and quick dish!
Add zucchinis and tomatoes
add as much cheese as you like

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