Couscous is one of those foods that is a pantry staple. Like pasta. Keep it stocked and it will come to your rescue many times when you want to whip up something in a hurry. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the pack.
Another plus is you can flavour it as you wish. You can use beef stock, veggie or chicken stock, water, cinnamon, dried fruits, cumin, turmeric, butter; the options are endless.
Here is a favourite recipe from an old Kenyan cookery magazine for spiced couscous.
Remember to fluff with a fork before serving.
Couscous is a great alternative to rice. I like having it with githeri (our version of succotash), fried with tomatoes and lots of onions. You can serve with some avocado on the side.
It is also great as a light dinner when you don’t want something too filling. Just top it with some greek yoghurt and some vegetable or protein option.
Couscous is a good addition to your diet as it is rich in fibre, and great for sustaining energy as it is rich in protein and carbs. It is one of the best sources of selenium, which is an essential mineral. Selenium is an antioxidant, keeps your heart healthy, helps your thyroid gland work properly and enhances your immunity, among other great benefits.
Why not swap some couscous for your usual starch and gain some of these benefits?