CousCous help!

Discussion in 'Slimming World Recipes' started by Love2bSlim, 30 July 2011 Social URL.

  1. Love2bSlim

    Love2bSlim Full Member

    Posts:
    64
    Likes Received:
    1
    Hi!!

    Can anybody help me with things to do with couscous please. I've never made it before but think it's about time I did!!
    But I'm a little stuck for inspiration!

    Thanks!! :)
     
  2. Avatar

    MiniMins.com Matched Content

  3. Nemesis82

    Nemesis82 Silver Member

    Posts:
    606
    Likes Received:
    13
    Start Weight:
    17st8.5lb
    Current Weight:
    16st6.5lb
    Goal Weight:
    10st7lb
    Lost(%):
    1st2lb(6.49%)
    Diet:
    Slimming World
    mmmm Cous Cous is lovely! I'm a bit boring though in that all i do with cous cous is make it according to the instructions, add loads of spices and have it with cold meat. Its also nice when its been left to cool: its what i sometimes takes to work.

    I have once stuffed a red pepper (one of the sweet pointed ones) with some cous cous, spices and finely chopped bacon before and it was good.

    Just experiment and you can't go wrong :)
     
  4. Love2bSlim

    Love2bSlim Full Member

    Posts:
    64
    Likes Received:
    1
    Brill- thanks! Think I'll have a try today!
    :)
     
  5. Nemesis82

    Nemesis82 Silver Member

    Posts:
    606
    Likes Received:
    13
    Start Weight:
    17st8.5lb
    Current Weight:
    16st6.5lb
    Goal Weight:
    10st7lb
    Lost(%):
    1st2lb(6.49%)
    Diet:
    Slimming World
    You should! Since i first tried cous cous, i have cut down the amount of potatoes and pasta i eat as its much easier to cook and so versatile!

    Good luck!
     
  6. ermintrude

    ermintrude Gold Member

    Posts:
    5,993
    Likes Received:
    68
    Start Weight:
    27st8.5lb
    Current Weight:
    17st3lb
    Goal Weight:
    16st7.5lb
    Lost(%):
    10st5.5lb(37.65%)
    Diet:
    SW
    I don't use cous cous but bulgur wheat which is very similar. I mix it with chopped basil and halved baby tomatoes and make a dressing to mix in with it:

    Dressing:
    1-2 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped
    1 tsp salt
    1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    juice of 1 lime
    2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (4 syns - but makes enough to dressing to serve about 2-4, so 1 syn each)

    Crush the garlic and salt to a paste in a pestle & mortar (or garlic press if you dont have one)
    Add the cumin and work this in
    Add the lime juice and work it in
    Add the oil and some freshly ground black pepper and mix well
    Add to the bulgur wheat and mix thoroughly.

    Some times I sprinkle it with a bit of low fat crumbled Feta. Yummy! :)

    [​IMG]

    Bulgar wheat salad in garlic and mustard dressing
     
  7. Fredcat

    Fredcat Full Member

    Posts:
    76
    Likes Received:
    1
    Start Weight:
    17st11lb
    Current Weight:
    17st1lb
    Goal Weight:
    12st0lb
    Lost(%):
    0st10lb(4.02%)
    Diet:
    WW Propoints
    I have it all the time at work, just empty the packet, put boiling hot water on it, cover for 2 mins and it's done. I usually have the Ainsley Harriott ones as they're already flavoured for you, and you don't have to faff about with spices etc. I normally put roast veg in it, or just salad through it, with tuna or chicken, but you can put anything you fancy in it. I don't think I could live without it, I eat tonnes of the stuff, it's brilliant for dieting! I sometimes stuff peppers with it, cook the peppers in the oven first, then put the cooked cous cous in and it's done, top with cheese as an Healthy A choice. Yummy!
     
  8. ermintrude

    ermintrude Gold Member

    Posts:
    5,993
    Likes Received:
    68
    Start Weight:
    27st8.5lb
    Current Weight:
    17st3lb
    Goal Weight:
    16st7.5lb
    Lost(%):
    10st5.5lb(37.65%)
    Diet:
    SW
    Eeuuuwww I hate Ainsley Harriot couscous, it's like eating sand with fake tomatoes on!! :jelous: :D heh heh, I dont know what it is, its just got some weird 80's tomato taste to it? (Did they have fake tomatoes in the 80's? :D ) It reminds me of something weird and plasticky that I used to eat when I was a kid but I dont remember what... maybe Pot Noodles or something. Its probably some fantastical E number. Bleeeee!
     
  9. Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays Gold Member

    Posts:
    18,581
    Likes Received:
    131
    Start Weight:
    9st11lb
    Current Weight:
    8st9lb
    Goal Weight:
    8st9lb
    Lost(%):
    1st2lb(11.68%)
    Badges:
    Maintainer
    Diet:
    Slimming World
    I love couscous, this morning for breakfast I had couscous & added some ginger then mixed in chopped pear, yummy.

    On another thread somebody mentioned couscous with courgette & rosemary, I had that for tea the other night again yummy.

    You can make couscous sweet or savoury, just decide what flavour you want & experiment.;)
     
  10. Love2bSlim

    Love2bSlim Full Member

    Posts:
    64
    Likes Received:
    1
    It looks like I've been missing out- all sound great!! Thank you! :)
    Def going to try an idea for tea.
    x
     
  11. sleepymum

    sleepymum Silver Member

    Posts:
    870
    Likes Received:
    4
    Start Weight:
    14st13lb
    Current Weight:
    14st13lb
    Goal Weight:
    11st13lb
    Lost(%):
    0st0lb(0%)
    Diet:
    Slimming World
    I have couscous a lot...Love it.

    Some days I have it for breakfast with mullerlite or lowfat yogurt and loads of berries!!! (kind of like magic porridge!!!)

    I also like the ainsley harriot ones...Very handy for work.
    When I am at home I have couscous with boiled egg, spring onion, tomatoes, cucumber and cheese all mixed up ---very filling!!
     
  12. bilsat

    bilsat Really likes to cook

    Posts:
    3,158
    Likes Received:
    65
    Start Weight:
    18st11.5lb
    Current Weight:
    11st9.5lb
    Goal Weight:
    11st11.5lb
    Lost(%):
    7st2lb(37.95%)
    Badges:
    Maintainer
    Diet:
    Slimmers World
    Made this the other day.................


    Pete’s Moroccan Couscous Salad

    Serves 2
    2.5 Syn/each

    Ingredients

    100g couscous
    ½ tsp cinnamon
    200mL boiling vegetable stock
    10 pieces/56g ready to eat apricots, chopped finely
    100g cucumber, chopped finely
    2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped finely
    Zest of a lemon
    1 celery stick, chopped finely
    1 Tbsp lemon juice
    2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped finely
    1 spring onion, chopped finely
    * Pre-cooked chicken
    * Runny honey

    * Optional extra’s


    Method

    Place the couscous in a large bowl and add the hot stock. Mix with a fork, cover with cling film and set aside for 5 mins.

    Fluff up the couscous and add the other ingredients, add seasoning.
    * Add chicken if you want.
    Cover and put in the fridge to cool until required

    Pete’s Harissa Chicken with Spiced Couscous



    Serves 2
    2.5 Syn each

    Ingredients

    2Tsp Harissa paste (Sainsbury’s)
    1 Lemon
    1 Small bunch of coriander chopped small
    1 Small bunch of mint chopped small
    2 Chicken breasts
    100g/cupful of couscous
    56g/10 dried apricots chopped
    150mL Chicken stock
    1 Small spring onion chopped
    1 Tsp ground cinnamon
    Tin foil

    Method

    Turn oven to 180c to warm up.
    Mix in a small bowl the Harissa with ½ of the lemon juice, ½ coriander and salt & pepper.

    Place the chicken in a sheet of tin foil and place into an ovenproof dish and cover the chicken with the Harissa mix, close the tin foil and cook for 20 mins

    Put the measured amount of the couscous in a bowl and add salt & pepper and cinnamon

    Boil a kettle of water and add to a chicken stock cube

    When the chicken has cooked for 10-15 mins , open the tinfoil to allow to brown.

    Add the stock to the couscous with the other ½ of the lemon, ½ of the coriander, the chopped mint and chopped apricots mix with a fork, cover with Clingfilm

    When the chicken is cooked remove the Clingfilm from the couscous and fluff up.

    Fill a warmed plate with the couscous and add the chicken allowing the juices to

    Run into the couscous.
    Enjoy with a salad.
     

    Attached Files:

  13. Nics.ck

    Nics.ck Full Member

    Posts:
    112
    Likes Received:
    2
    Start Weight:
    11st0lb
    Current Weight:
    8st9lb
    Goal Weight:
    8st13lb
    Lost(%):
    2st5lb(21.43%)
    Diet:
    Slimming World
    I went to a friends for lunch and she had the extra easy meals in minutes cook book. She made a recipe with cous cous from it that also had minced beef in it. It was really tasty! I usually just add lots of veg and fresh herbs to mine, such as asparagus, courgette, peppers...delicious. Or just use it plain instead of rice with curries etc.
     
  14. Love2bSlim

    Love2bSlim Full Member

    Posts:
    64
    Likes Received:
    1
    Fantastic- look and sound yum!!! :)
     
  15. metrognome

    metrognome is getting better at it

    Posts:
    2,278
    Likes Received:
    52
    Start Weight:
    17st10lb
    Current Weight:
    15st3lb
    Goal Weight:
    9st0lb
    Lost(%):
    2st7lb(14.11%)
    Diet:
    slimming world
    i cant seem to get my head around this but have brought the things to make it
     
  16. sleepymum

    sleepymum Silver Member

    Posts:
    870
    Likes Received:
    4
    Start Weight:
    14st13lb
    Current Weight:
    14st13lb
    Goal Weight:
    11st13lb
    Lost(%):
    0st0lb(0%)
    Diet:
    Slimming World
    Oh its yummy. Kind of like rice pudding, very filling.

    And if you have it for brekkie it means you still have hexa and hexb for later in the day on a green day...
     
  17. metrognome

    metrognome is getting better at it

    Posts:
    2,278
    Likes Received:
    52
    Start Weight:
    17st10lb
    Current Weight:
    15st3lb
    Goal Weight:
    9st0lb
    Lost(%):
    2st7lb(14.11%)
    Diet:
    slimming world
    thanks i do really struggle with breakfast as i never know what to have as im not a cereal person so its usually toast and that dont fill me up much
     
  18. Avatar

    MiniMins.com Advert

  19. sleepymum

    sleepymum Silver Member

    Posts:
    870
    Likes Received:
    4
    Start Weight:
    14st13lb
    Current Weight:
    14st13lb
    Goal Weight:
    11st13lb
    Lost(%):
    0st0lb(0%)
    Diet:
    Slimming World
    Hopefully you will like it.....
    I have to start back having it, as it really stopped me from picking...
     
  20. metrognome

    metrognome is getting better at it

    Posts:
    2,278
    Likes Received:
    52
    Start Weight:
    17st10lb
    Current Weight:
    15st3lb
    Goal Weight:
    9st0lb
    Lost(%):
    2st7lb(14.11%)
    Diet:
    slimming world
    if i make it now will it be ok for the morning
     
  21. sleepymum

    sleepymum Silver Member

    Posts:
    870
    Likes Received:
    4
    Start Weight:
    14st13lb
    Current Weight:
    14st13lb
    Goal Weight:
    11st13lb
    Lost(%):
    0st0lb(0%)
    Diet:
    Slimming World
    I usually make it in mornung.
    But I think others make it at night and have it next day.... Do a search and maybe you will get some ideas....
     
  22. Love2bSlim

    Love2bSlim Full Member

    Posts:
    64
    Likes Received:
    1
    I wondered about this too- do u put the yogurt into the couscous when it is still warm or wait until it's cold?
    I'll have to try it!!
     
Popular Forums
  1. MiniMins.com is a weight loss support community helping each other on their weight loss journey. We have a multitude of forums, from Slimming World and Exante, to Success Stories. Click the logo at the top right to return to the forum home page at any time.
Loading...