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In the U.S., dry whole-wheat couscous has been partially cooked, making it a quick-cooking (5 minutes!) whole-grain weeknight dinner champ. And when you buy peeled shrimp, plus a bag of prechopped kale and bottled barbecue sauce, the savings in prep time helps to get this healthy dinner done in a jiff.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2019


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine broth and poultry seasoning in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then stir in Parmesan and butter. Cover to keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add kale and cook, stirring, until bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Add water, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is tender, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Make a well in the center of the kale and add 1 tablespoon oil, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, undisturbed, for 15 seconds, then stir the garlic oil into the kale and season with salt. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.

  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and shrimp to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the shrimp are pink and curled, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in barbecue sauce. Serve the shrimp with the kale and couscous.


Tip: The barbecue sauce aisle has expanded to include any flavor you can imagine--like sweet mustard and even Dr. Pepper--but a classic or "original" variety pairs best with the Parmesan couscous. Look for one that doesn't list an added sweetener as the first ingredient.

Nutrition Facts

3 oz. shrimp, 1 cup kale & 1/2 cup couscous each
414 calories; protein 32.2g; carbohydrates 36.4g; dietary fiber 5.4g; sugars 7.2g; fat 16.9g; saturated fat 4.6g; cholesterol 195.9mg; vitamin a iu 3437.9IU; vitamin c 38.8mg; folate 46.2mcg; calcium 202.6mg; iron 2.3mg; magnesium 60.6mg; potassium 566.5mg; sodium 606.3mg.

3 lean protein, 2 1/2 fat, 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 vegetable