Whole-wheat couscous is practically an instant side dish. Fresh herbs and hot sauce add flavor with few calories.

Regina Schrambling


Recipe Summary

10 mins


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  • Combine broth or water, butter, hot sauce and salt in a small saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil. Stir in couscous and remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff the grains with a fork to separate. Stir in parsley. Season with pepper.


Nutrition Facts

231 calories; protein 8.7g; carbohydrates 45.3g; dietary fiber 7g; sugars 0.1g; fat 2.9g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 5.1mg; vitamin a iu 112.1IU; vitamin c 1mg; folate 2.5mcg; calcium 1.7mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 0.9mg; potassium 47.2mg; sodium 214.4mg.

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Easier yet - if you have a hot water dispenser or a Keurig coffee machine kids can make this neat snack or side themselves. We buy whole grain couscous in a box (7.6 oz) and use the 10 oz (large setting) on the Kuerig - yes less water than package directions but the family wouldn't eat couscous until I made this error with the water which has since become our standard. Put the couscous in a bowl 4 cup measuring cup or any suitable dish drizzle two or three times around with a good tasty olive oil add some garlic powder if you like some pepper - ie. season to taste. Pour in your 10 ounces of water stir let sit covered for 5 minutes. In the meantime finely chop some good feta (honestly sheep's milk feta is best not the salty local stuff) and if you like shallots (we do!) finely dice a bit. Dill or cilantro is nice too if it's on hand. When the five minutes are up stir in the feta and herbs. Serve. This is so easy doesn't interfere with cooktop use in making main entree kids make it for themselves in the afternoon and get a whole grain nutritious snack! Read More