Couscous is super simple and quick to cook up. It is literally ready in 6 minutes start to finish. It makes a great side dish or it can be used as a “bed” underneath other goodies like roasted vegetables or stir-fry. Couscous does come in a whole-grain variety, which is what I buy from the bulk bins at my local grocery store. I always have some on hand in my pantry.
Six Minute Couscous
1 cup water
3/4 cup whole wheat couscous
Pinch of salt
In a small pan, bring the water and pinch of salt to a boil.
Remove from heat, dump in couscous, give it a quick stir and cover tightly with a lid. Leave it alone for 5 minutes. Do not open the lid.
After five minutes remove lid and fluff with a fork.
Serve with a pile of roasted vegetables or alongside any main dish. Make a couscous “salad” by adding various beans, nuts, vegetables and/or dried fruit to cooked couscous for a nutritious lunch.
Variations: use broth or juice instead of water or add fresh or dried herbs to the cooking water to add flavor.