I always keep Couscous in my pantry as its incredibly fast and easy to make staple, far quicker to make than rice for example, it’s very tasty and versatile.

Couscous (“koos-koos”) is a pasta-like grain, that is a staple in the North African cuisines of Algeria and Morocco. It’s even part of Sicilian cuisine, with all the Arab influence on its cuisine.

Couscous is made out of semolina wheat generally. Trader Joe’s sells this whole wheat, whole grain version made from whole wheat (durum wheat) and says PRODUCT OF FRANCE. I lived in Paris for a while, and they have couscous restaurants like we have pizza places, as there are many people of North African origin.

One of the reasons I love couscous, is it basically is ready in five minutes. Here’s the basic method: Put a cup of water in a pot. Bring it to a boil. Add Salt and Butter (or olive oil) Dump in a cup of this couscous, turn off the fire, cover the pot, and let it sit for five minutes. Thats it, done, you just fluff it up with a fork and it’s ready to serve.

You can use couscous as a side dish, as you would rice or pasta. It really soaks up sauces or stews. Use it as a “bed” for your Main. You can do other things as well with it like serve it as a salad or tabouli, hot or cold. It would be a great base for a “protein bowl”.

A box of Trader Joe’s French imported Whole Wheat Instant Couscous sells for only $1.99 for 500 grams, (a bit over a pound). This is an excellent product to always keep on hand in your pantry and tryHere are some links related to peruse.




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