The starch in the couscous thickens the stew as it cooks creating a creamy and comforting main dish. You won’t believe how easy and tantalizingly delcious this one pot meal is. The cumin and cinnamon provide a wealth of flavor, and for the best results use high quality chicken and chicken stock. This recipe can also be adapted to be made in a rice cooker.
Couscous, small round pieces of pasta made from a mixture of semolina flour and water, makes the perfect base for a cold salad. If you’re looking for something other than a sandwich to pack for lunch, this is a great option. This recipe calls for red bell peppers, zucchini, feta cheese, and a lemon vinaigrette, but you could easily adapt this concept based on the ingredients you have on hand or your personal taste preference.
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"Chewy Italian couscous, also called freula, is a Sardinian-style toasted semolina pasta. It comes in small, medium, and large grains and is available at specialty food stores. Any small pasta, such as ditalini, orzo, or acini de pepe, makes a good alternative to medium-grain freula."This recipe is courtesy of Food & Wine.
Cooking dinner on the cheap is only easy when you have tons of (admittedly basic) ingredients in your kitchen. Nothing makes me more annoyed than when I have a great recipe idea, run to the store for ingredients, use about half of them for dinner, and then watch as they sit and rot in my fridge. (I have a theory that ordering delivery actually makes perishables go bad quicker…) But this recipe is every lazy chef's constant friend — assuming all lazy chefs really like mushrooms and couscous.
The white wine and butter come together so nicely (duh) with the Baby Bella mushrooms and onion, and the couscous acts as such a welcoming vehicle for those subtle flavors. It’s the kind of dish that can be either a light (and cheap) meal in front of the TV or paired with some yummy grilled fish for a heartier dinner. It happens to be super quick and easy to put together, as well.
But perhaps the best part of this dinner is how much it cost to put it together — the box of couscous ran me $1.99, the mushrooms cost $1.99, an onion was 65 cents, and the bottle of white wine I had opened the night before was a mere $13. In the end, I used half the box of couscous, half the mushrooms, and ¼ cup of white wine… Grand total? $6.39!
Total cost: $6.39
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An easy, healthy, and filling recipe that doesn't break the bank — and tastes delicious. When coming up with a recipe that would serve (and satisfy) two people for less than $10, I was a little worried because I wanted to include a protein in the dish without going over budget.After an extensive conversation with my fishmonger, I settled on lemon sole even though I had initially wanted tilapia (they didn't have any that day). While the fish most likely increased the cost a little, I still made the cut. If you're just looking to make this dish for fun (which is always encouraged), then feel free to add some spinach or ribbons of Swiss chard to the dish. But even as is, it's absolutely delicious! (And spending less on dinner makes me feel more justified in splurging on an expensive bottle of wine.)Total cost: $7.31
This holiday season, take the stress out of cooking and make recipes that are easy to prepare and perfectly delicious at room temperature. My recipe for Butternut Squash Couscous Salad is the perfect side dish for your holiday meal and so simple to prepare!
With the kind of couscous that's ready in five minutes, an easily steamed vegetable, and some chickpeas that are edible right out of the can, this is truly a meal that can be thrown together in record time.
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This side dish can also serve as a meal on its own, but it's great as an accompaniment to a protein like grilled chicken or fresh fish. It's quick and easy to make, and you can use any combination of vegetables you like.
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If you're craving couscous and want a new spin on your go-to recipe, try this Tunisian one that incorporates fish. You won't be disappointed.This recipe is courtesy of Ricardo Cuisine and was inspired by the fish couscous at the restaurant Dar Belhadj in Tunis.