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Perfect Cous Cous

 
Perfect Cous Cous
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This recipe is vegetarian.vegetarian
This recipe can be made completely dairy-free.dairy-free
 
One serving costs about $1.32

$1.32 per serving

33 people like this recipe

33 likes

This recipe is ready in 10 minutes

Ready in 10 minutes

4 vegetarian,dairy-free,dairy free,lacto ovo vegetarian side dish
spoonacular Score:53%

Spoonacular Score: 53%

 

Perfect Cous Cous might be a good recipe to expand your side dish recipe box. This recipe serves 4. Watching your figure? This dairy free and lacto ovo vegetarian recipe has 418 calories, 14g of protein, and 8g of fat per serving. For $1.32 per serving, this recipe covers 10% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. 33 people were glad they tried this recipe. This recipe from Life Made Simple requires olive oil, shallot, ground pepper, and parsley. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 10 minutes. Taking all factors into account, this recipe earns a spoonacular score of 64%, which is pretty good. If you like this recipe, you might also like recipes such as Parmesan Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Cous Cous and Garlic Veggies, Tunisian Chicken (or Chickpeas) w/ Cous Cous & Green Harissa Yogurt Sauce, and Summer Melon Cous Cous Salad with Avocado, Grapes and Mint.

Ingredients

Servings:
2 Tbsps
2 Tbsps olive oil
olive oil
2 Tbsps
2 Tbsps shallot
shallot
2.5 cups
2.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
low sodium chicken broth
1.25 tsps
1.25 tsps coarse sea salt
coarse sea salt
1 tsp
1 tsp garlic powder
garlic powder
0.25 tsps
0.25 tsps paprika
paprika
0.13 tsps
0.13 tsps black ground pepper
black ground pepper
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp parsley
parsley
2 cups
2 cups cous cous
cous cous
2 Tbsps olive oil
2 Tbsps
olive oil
2 Tbsps shallot
2 Tbsps
shallot
2.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
2.5 cups
low sodium chicken broth
1.25 tsps coarse sea salt
1.25 tsps
coarse sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp
garlic powder
0.25 tsps paprika
0.25 tsps
paprika
0.13 tsps black ground pepper
0.13 tsps
black ground pepper
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp
parsley
2 cups cous cous
2 cups
cous cous

Equipment

dutch oven
dutch oven
frying pan
frying pan
dutch oven
dutch oven
frying pan
frying pan


Instructions

Read the detailed instructions on Life Made Simple

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.32
Ingredient
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons shallot
2 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon parsley
2 cups cous cous
Price
$0.33
$0.11
$1.80
$0.03
$0.09
$0.03
$0.15
$2.72
$5.27

Tips

Health Tips

  • Sea salt is not healthier than table salt, contrary to what you may have heard. Sea salt is usually 97.5% sodium chloride (same as regular old table salt) and the minerals accounting for the rest are too insignificant to make a difference?unless you plan on consuming sea salt by the pound, in which case the health benefits from the minerals will definitely be outweighed by the negative effects of all the sodium you are consuming!

  • Couscous is actually a type of pasta made with flour and water. Whole wheat couscous is a bit healthier, but a better swap for health-conscious cooks would be quinoa. Plus, quinoa is gluten free (couscous isn't).

  • Some bouillon/stock products contain gluten, some don't. If you are following a gluten-free diet, always read product labels carefully.

  • Although the body needs salt to survive, most of us get too much. The problem with consuming too much salt (what chemists call "sodium chloride") is actually the sodium part, which is why people concerned about high blood pressure go on low-sodium diets. If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet, you can try salt substitutes like potassium chloride or try to make do with less salt by using more black pepper, herbs, and spices.

  • get more health tips

Price Tips

  • Sea salt can add a unique texture or provide bursts of salty goodness, but ONLY when it isn't being dissolved. So if you have expensive sea salt, save it for sprinkling on salads or dark chocolate cookies, don't try to use it in your pasta sauce or soup. Once sea salt dissolves, the flavor is indistinguishable from table salt from the shaker (after all, they are chemically the same thing, sodium chloride).

Cooking Tips

  • If you're using olive oil to cook at high temperatures, make sure that the olive oil you're using has a high smoke point because heating an oil past its smoke point can ruin the flavor and even release harmful compounds into your dish. Many people recommend saving extra-virgin olive oil for cold dishes or for adding the finishing touch to a warm dish. You could also use canola oil, coconut oil, or another good high-temperature oil to be on the safe side.

  • If you don't have shallots, you can try substituting leek, onion, or green onion along with a clove of garlic. The flavor won't be the same, but it should do in a pinch.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
417 Calories
14g Protein
8g Total Fat
70g Carbs
12% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
417
21%

Fat
8g
13%

  Saturated Fat
1g
8%

Carbohydrates
70g
23%

  Sugar
0.63g
1%

Cholesterol
0.0mg
0%

Sodium
781mg
34%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
14g
29%

Manganese
0.71mg
36%

Vitamin B3
5mg
25%

Phosphorus
198mg
20%

Vitamin K
20µg
19%

Fiber
4g
19%

Copper
0.3mg
15%

Vitamin B5
1mg
11%

Magnesium
42mg
11%

Vitamin B1
0.15mg
10%

Potassium
305mg
9%

Iron
1mg
8%

Vitamin B6
0.14mg
7%

Vitamin E
1mg
7%

Vitamin B2
0.12mg
7%

Zinc
0.93mg
6%

Folate
20µg
5%

Calcium
31mg
3%

Vitamin A
151IU
3%

Vitamin B12
0.15µg
2%

Vitamin C
1mg
2%

covered percent of daily need

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