Recipe Summary

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Yield: 1 servings

This recipe is...

  • low in fat
  • rich in grains
  • lower in sodium
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Basic Couscous

This recipe serves: 
3 tablespoons couscous
drizzle of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons cold water
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons hot water
Cooking Instructions
1. Place a shallow metal colander inside a heavy-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid. If the colander's holes are big enough for the couscous to fall through, line it with a piece of dampened cheesecloth. Add an inch of water to the pot. Bring the liquid to a simmer.

2. In a medium-size bowl, combine the couscous with the oil and stir well.

3. Pour the couscous into the colander, cover and steam for 15-20 minutes.

4. Remove the colander from the pot, pour the couscous into the bowl and stir in the cold water, breaking up all lumps with a fork. Return the mixture to the colander, set it in the pot and steam an additional 15-20 minutes.

5. Transfer the couscous to the bowl once again, stir in the salt and hot water, breaking up the lumps with a fork.

6. Pour the couscous back into the colander, cover and steam until tender, about 20 minutes.

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Nutritional Information

Number of Servings: 1

Per Serving

  • Calories
  • 128
  • Carbohydrate
  • 22 g
  • Fat
  • 2 g
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • Saturated Fat
  • 0 g
  • Sodium
  • 101 mg