Do you like to eat couscous? In this case you are right! In this article, we offer 3 quick, light and low-calorie recipes with couscous that you can try for yourself. Below is an answer to the question of why couscous is healthy and why you should include it in your menu. Enjoy reading!
Couscous healthy: Is couscous actually a “superfood”?
Coucous originally comes from North Africa and the Middle East, where it is still a staple and plays the same role as, for example, the potatoes here. Depending on the specific region, the delicious couscous pellets are made from different cereals – wheat, millet, barley. In this country, however, the couscous from durum wheat is the most common. Regardless of the type of cereal, couscous has a mild, slightly nutritious taste and is prepared very quickly and easily – you should pour the balls only with boiling water, let it swell on the stove for a while, and then with cheese, vegetables, as desired Garnish sauce or even fresh fruit. But can you say that couscous is healthy? It sounds logical that it contains a lot of calories because of the high carbohydrate content – the tasty globules are actually made from grain! Trozt those expectations but that is not the truth. Coucous actually contains a lot of fiber and very little fat. It is also rich in B vitamins and beneficial minerals. From these facts you can draw only one conclusion – Coucous is healthy and can not make you fat by yourself! And when it comes to its nutritional value – 100g boiled couscous only contains 112 calories! For comparison, 100g of Superfood Chia contains about 120 calories. Maybe you’ve already got an idea of how healthy couscous is. Now we suggest you to try our delicious recipes!
Couscous healthy: quick recipe for spicy couscous salad
For this spicy recipe from the Arabic kitchen you need the following ingredients: 250g couscous, 250ml vegetable stock, two peppers (red and yellow), a can of corn, 4 spring onions, 1 tablespoon curry paste, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 tablespoon soy sauce , 3 tablespoons olive oil, a little cumin, sugar, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan, pour the couscous over it and let it soak on the stove for 10 minutes (be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging!). In the meantime, wash, clean and cut the herbs and vegetables. Remove the couscous from the heat and add the tomato paste, vegetables, curry paste, rice vinegar, oil and soy sauce. Mix everything very well and sprinkle with salt, pepper, parsley, cumin and a little sugar to taste.
Couscous with shrimps
For this healthy and low-calorie dish you need: 250g couscous, 400g raw shrimp, 400g tomatoes, an onion, a clove of garlic, a yellow and a green zucchini, the juice of one lemon, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 4 stalks dill, ¼ teaspoon chilli powder, ½ teaspoon turmeric, ¼ teaspoon cumin (ground), a little salt and pepper. Peel, clean and wash the shrimp. Then cut the courgettes and tomatoes into medium sized pieces and dice the onion and garlic. Heat three tablespoons of oil in a pan and fry the prawns, zucchini, onions and garlic for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt and pepper, add the tomatoes to the pans and cook over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. Take the products out of the pan and bring the water for the couscous to a boil – follow dabel’s instructions on the packaging. Pour the couscous over the boiled water and simmer for about 3 minutes on low heat. Finally, mix the shrimp and vegetables with the couscous and sprinkle the dish with salt, pepper, chilli, cumin, dill, turmeric and the rest of the lemon juice. Good Appetite!
Sweet couscous with fresh fruit
Couscous as a dessert tastes incredibly delicious. Try this recipe to convince yourself. You need: 100g couscous, 300ml buttermilk, a banana, an apple and some honey. Heat the buttermilk with the honey, and just before it starts to boil, add the couscous, and let it swell according to the packing instructions. At the very end, add the grated apple and the crushed banana. Finished!