An Overview of Couscous

Couscous is a staple in many Middle Eastern and European households. It is a tasty, nutritious food that can be eaten with meat, vegetables and in many other ways. One of the best things about couscous, other than its health benefits, is the fact that it can be cooked very quickly. This is good news for families who are constantly on the go and do not have enough time to spend 30 minutes or more cooking a meal each evening.

We bought a box of couscous to try it out. The front of the box states that the couscous cooks in 5 minutes. But we found that it is ready in less than 5 minutes, which is awesome.

Making Couscous

Here is how to prepare couscous (preparing 1 serving):

  • 1/3 cup of couscous
  • 1/2 cup of water, broth or juice
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp olive oil or butter (optional)

Preparation is incredibly simple. Once you have boiled the water and all the other ingredients you simply stir in the couscous and replace the lid. Wait a few minutes for the couscous to absorb the liquid and then serve. Couscous is a rice or pasta alternative. But it cooks in a lot less time. If you would rather make more servings, you can add the whole box of couscous and increase the water content proportionally. As all other ingredients are optional, it is up to you if you also increase them as well.

Couscous can be served with sauces (the same sauces that I would normally couple with regular whole wheat pasta), steamed vegetables, as a light accompaniment to roasts. You could also add couscous in salads.

Couscous Nutrition Information

This product is versatile and can be eaten with any number of dishes. The nutritional content is also very impressive for health conscious people. Here is what it says:

  • Calories from fat: 20
  • Total fat: 1g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Trans fats: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0g
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 46g
  • Dietary fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 8g

Couscous can be flavored with lemon juice, lime juice, herbs or spices for an extra kick. If you omit the butter or olive oil and do not add any salt to the prepared couscous, the health benefits of this food item will be even greater. It is a great food choice for people who suffer from high blood pressure, have raised levels of cholesterol, or for people who are simply searching for healthier and quicker meal options.