Friday, September 13, 2013

I Tried Something New: Couscous


I told myself at the beginning of the year that I would try new foods that are healthier. For some reason or another I got it in my head that things like couscous and quinoa are healthy foods. I finally bought some during this last trip to the grocery store.

I decided to try the couscous first because it only takes five minutes to cook. To be honest, I didn't know anything about couscous before I cooked it except that I've known it to be used in Greek dishes...oh and that I've pinned recipes including couscous on my Pinterest! After I Wiki'ed it, I found out that couscous is a type of wheat.

Last week I had left over chicken and gravy and there was no more rice. I decided what a perfect night to to give it try!!

The instructions are easy:
1. Combine 1 1/4 cups of water, 2 teaspoons of butter, 
and the contents of the Spice Sack (in the box).
2. Bring to a boil and stir in the couscous.
3. Cover and remove from the heat.
4. Let stand for five minutes.
5. Fluff the couscous before serving.

I did just that and everything turned out just as it should.

The picture on the left shows the couscous after it finished cooking and the picture on the right shows the couscous mixed in with the chicken and gravy.

The couscous was pretty good. Since I combined this with chicken and gravy I feel like it would have tasted better if I had gotten unflavored couscous. The Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil version tasted like Oodles of Noodles, chicken flavor! LOL. It was definitely different, but good. The texture was much like that of Oodles and Noodles little ball form.

I would like to try it again, but I would like to find something that it would compliment a little better!!

Have you tried couscous? What would you suggest to try it with?? I'm curious!

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  1. Ive never had couscous but it looks like a great substitute!

  2. I love couscous! I make it at home and sometimes if I get the flavored variety I cook some chicken breast with some seasoning but without gravy and then mix it in. sometimes I make lean ground chicken with cooked mixed veggies and then I make some gravy and mix it into plain couscous or even some plain quinoa which is really good for you. I also buy the couscous salad from the health food stores for lunch sometimes which is delicious.

    1. I think it would have definitely had a better effect if I would have eaten it with no gravy. Now that I know, I can do better the next time I cook it. I have some quinoa and I have an idea for what I want to cook that with, so I may try that this week or next. You have some pretty good recipes on your I better listen to you!!

  3. I don't think I have ever tried couscous!

    I found you on the blog hop, and am now following. ^_^

    1. You should try it if you're into trying new things!! And if you like Oodles of Noodles!!

      Thanks for stopping by :-)

  4. I love couscous as is, but I've also steamed miniature frozen veggies and added them in there. Like rice pilaf, but with couscous. :-)


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