Besides providing nutrition and acting as fuel for our bodies, food should be fun and tasty. Couscous fits the bill, with its unusual texture and nutty yet neutral taste, perfectly complementing its high nutritional value. One of the healthiest, grain-based foods that people can eat, couscous is similar to pasta; it is made of semolina, although it can also be made with barley or corn.
We give you five tips to include it in your diet more often:
- Versatile and incredibly fast to cook, couscous can be incorporated into appetizers, salads, soups and even main courses. Experiment with different vegetables, meat, poultry and fish pairings for interesting meal combinations.
- Use your imagination, since couscous works in both sweet and savory recipes. Feel free to make a chocolate cream couscous cake, or a creamy couscous pudding-healthy desserts for the whole family.
- When steamed or boiled like rice, couscous is just like pasta, so make sure you buy the whole grain variety.
- Since it’s mostly carbohydrate, with zero percent fat, don’t spoil a good thing by adding butter to it as most recipes recommend. Instead just drizzle some heart-healthy olive oil on cooked couscous for a richer flavor.
- Be smart when you’re cooking this Berber specialty. Use the proper ratio of water to couscous, which is 1 cup of water for every 2/3 cup of couscous. For perfect couscous, add salted boiled water to the grains, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes, and then fluff with a fork before serving.