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Couscous Greek Style

Add a little feta cheese to an already great side and you end up with an outstanding side dish that is sure to please.

Couscous Greek Style
Couscous Greek Style

6 servings
190 calories per serving

1 c whole wheat couscous, uncooked
1 ¼ c water
1 c halved cucumber slices
1 large tomato, chopped
4 oz. crumbled low fat feta cheese
1 t dill weed
1/2 cup light Italian Dressing

Cook couscous in boiling water without any butter or oil. When done, cool 15 minutes and then add in the rest of the ingredients.. Refrigerate to chill.

Savory Couscous

This is a great side, or you can eat is as your lunch. It is just as good chilled as it is fresh off the stove. This is a very versatile side – it goes with just about anything !

Savory Couscous
Savory Couscous

6 servings
190 calories per serving

1 c chicken broth
2/3 c couscous, uncooked
1 1/2 c peeled and chopped eggplant
1/3 c scallions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T peanut oil or vegetable oil
15 oz can petite diced tomatoes, well drained
2 T chopped basil
1/2 c chopped toasted walnuts or almonds

Bring broth to a boil them remove from heat and stir in couscous, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Heat oil in skillet and cook eggplant and scallions 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Then add in the couscous, tomato and basil and cook a minute or so to heat through. Finally add walnuts and serve immediately.

Chicken Salad with Couscous

Chicken salad is great. Israeli couscous is great. Add the 2 together and you get a perfect portable lunch.

Chicken Salad with Couscous
Chicken Salad with Couscous

4 servings
345 calories per serving

1 c uncooked Israeli couscous
1/4 c chopped kalamata olives
2 T chopped parsley
2 T oil
1 T lemon juice
1 t grated lemon zest
Salt and pepper to taste
1 garlic clove, minced
14 oz. boneless skinless chicken, broiled and cut into slices (Perdue Shortcuts work great here!)

Cook couscous according to package directions the drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Mix olives, parsley, lemon, oil salt, pepper and olives. Add couscous and chicken and toss.

Grilled Mushrooms with Couscous

Savory with just a bit of sweet from the dried cranberries. An earthy dish that is a great vegetarian main dish or a perfect side to a fish or chicken dinner.

Grilled Mushrooms with Couscous
Grilled Mushrooms with Couscous

4 servings
208 calories per serving

4 whole Portobello mushrooms
4 T white balsamic vinegar
½ c chicken or vegetable broth
½ c water
¼ t turmeric
2/3 c couscous
¼ c dried cranberries
½ t lemon zest
¼ t salt
1 t oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. chopped fresh spinach
2 T water
1 T margarine
½ red bell pepper, finely chopped

Cut 4 slits in the top of each mushroom about 2 inches long and ½ inch deep. Remove stems and place top facing up in a baking dish. Sprinkle with half the vinegar and spray with Pam. Turn the mushrooms over and sprinkle with the rest of the vinegar. Spray again with Pam. Cover dish with plastic wrap and set aside. Combine broth, water and turmeric in a small pan. Bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes. Stir in the couscous, cranberries, lemon and salt. Remove from heat and cover and let stand 5 minutes or until ready to serve the dish. Heat another saucepan and add oil and then sauté garlic for one minute. Add the greens and 2 T water and cook 3 minutes. Add the margarine and stir in for 30 seconds. Remove from pan and keep warm. Cook mushrooms 3 minutes each side and place stem side up on a serving plate. Spoon the couscous mix on the top and then top with the greens. Sprinkle with bell pepper and serve immediately.

Couscous with Tomatoes and Cucumbers

This is just as great served fresh as it is chilled and served the next day. A great side salad for dinner or lunch !

Couscous with Tomatoes and Cucumbers
Couscous with Tomatoes and Cucumbers

6 servings
126 calories per serving

1 c uncooked couscous
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped (I like to use the virtually seedless English cucumber)
¼ t oil
¼ t vinegar
¼ t garlic powder
¼ t onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil 1 c of water, add couscous and stir well, then cover and remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and stir in the tomatoes and cucumbers. Then stir in the oil, vinegar and spices.

Chicken Couscous Salad

This was on of the most excellent lunch salads I have had in a long time ! The curry flavor is just divine, the meal is filling, and it will be a lunch to remember !

Chicken Couscous Salad
Chicken Couscous Salad

2 servings
343 calories per serving

1 ¼ c chicken broth
1 c (6 oz.) boneless skinless chicken breast cut into thin strips
3 t curry powder
½ c whole wheat couscous
½ c diced red bell peppers
½ c chickpeas, drained and rinsed
¼ c scallions, sliced
¼ c cilantro, chopped
1 T Dijon mustard
¼ t kosher salt
1 c lettuce leaves
2 medium tomatoes, sliced

Bring broth to a boil. Cook chicken in broth 5 minutes or until cooked through and then remove to a plate and toss with 1 t curry. Bring broth back to boil and add couscous. Remove pan from heat, cover and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff couscous and place in a bowl with peppers, beans, scallions, and cilantro. Then add the mustard, remaining curry and salt. Put lettuce and tomato slices on plates and top with the chicken curry mix. Can be served cold or warm.

Couscous Salad

This salad uses Israeli couscous which is a bigger grain and is more like a piece of orzo in size than a piece of pastina. This makes for a heartier couscous suitable for all type of salads. This on is particularly good !

Couscous Salad
Couscous Salad

5 servings
346 calories per serving

2 T oil
1 c Israeli couscous
1 ½ c water
Kosher salt to taste
Pepper to taste
½ lb sliced mushrooms
4 scallions, sliced, greens and whites separated
1 ¼ c frozen corn, thawed
15/5 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 T lime juice
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
1 avocado, sliced

Heat 1 T oil and add couscous. Stir until it begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Then add water and salt and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Heat 2 t oil in a skillet and cook mushrooms until brown, about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper and move to a bowl. Add another teaspoon of oil to the pan and cool scallion whites with corn about 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper and add to the mushrooms. Add couscous, black beans, lime juice, jalapeno and scallion greens to the mushroom mix, season with salt and pepper and divide into bowls. Top with avocado slices.

Couscous with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Take what is typically a dry dish when served plain (couscous), add some love, and you get a couscous dish to rave about ! The sun dried tomatoes and portobellos are just the perfect addition to couscous.

Couscous with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms
Couscous with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms

4 servings
178 calories per serving

1 c dehydrated sun dried tomatoes
½ c plus 2 T raw couscous
1 t oil
3 cloves garlic, minced fine
2 scallions, chopped
1/3 c chopped basil
¼ c chopped cilantro
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. portobello mushroom caps, chopped

Soak tomatoes with 1 c hot water for ½ hour then drain, but reserve the water. Chop tomatoes. Combine reserved water with enough more water to make 1 ½ c and bring to a boil then stir in the couscous and oil, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes then fluff with a fork. Spray the skillet with Pam then stir in the tomatoes, garlic and onions and cook 5-6 minutes. If it starts to get too dry, add a tablespoon or more of hot water during the cooking process, then add the fresh herbs, juice, salt and pepper and the mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes. Combine all in a bowl and mix well.

Couscous and Broccoli

Couscous is just a teeny wheat pasta – much like pastina. Simple to do, ready in 10 minutes, and a great side dish. Substitute other frozen veggies for a whole different tasting dish !

Couscous and Broccoli
Couscous and Broccoli

4 servings
171 calories per serving

1 c couscous
1 can 99% fat free chicken broth
1 box frozen chopped broccoli
½ t salt
½ t pepper
½ t garlic powder

Boil broth and frozen broccoli until broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in couscous and remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes then add spices, fluff with a fork and serve.

Couscous Salad

I usually have couscous heated but this salad is served cooled or chilled and it is a new and different flavor experience. Couscous is just a tiny pasta, almost like pastina. And you can find it boxed and usually in with the rices and rice mixes at your grocery store. Give it a try for something different !

(I just noticed that with all my couscous recipes, I photograph it in the same dish…what’s with that? hehehe I guess it’s THE couscous star.)

Couscous Salad
Couscous Salad

4 servings
131 calories per serving

1/2 c whole wheat couscous
1/2 c boiling water
1 c canned diced tomatoes
1/2 c diced English cucumber
1 T fresh oregano, chopped
1 T fresh parsley, chopped
1 T fresh basil, chopped
2 T red wine vinegar
4 t extra virgin olive oil
1/4 t salt
1/4 t freshly ground pepper

Combine couscous and water in large mixing bowl and let sit until water is absorbed. Mix together vinegar, salt and pepper and oil. When couscous is cool, fluff with a fork and add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Serve as is or chill for a bit before serving.

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