20 Crazy Good Recipes for Couscous
Once upon a time, rice and pasta reigned supreme as the side dish staple for American dinner plates. But as the country collectively became more adventurous, new foods came onto the scene and have never left since. One of those foods was couscous. Over the last several years, the Mediterranean semolina quickly found its way off supermarket shelves and into pantries across the country. And why not? It’s super easy to make, extremely versatile and can be a healthy substitute for heartier carbs. Check out these 20 exciting + yummy couscous recipes to mix up your meal routine.
1. Roasted Asparagus Salad With Israeli Couscous: This chilled salad with roasted asparagus is the perfect refreshing dish to bring to a summer picnic or to whip up when you’re looking for something light + flavorful. (via Feasting at Home)
2. Mediterranean Harissa Stew With Purple Sweet Potato: If you’re craving something warm and hearty, consider whipping up this Mediterranean stew. The harissa, cumin, coriander and cinnamon create an out-of-this-world flavor that goes deliciously with the sweet potato and Israeli couscous. (via Vegan Miam)
5. Sriracha BBQ Chickpea Couscous: If heat is what you’re looking for, heat is what you’ll get with this. The sriracha and homemade BBQ sauce pack a mean punch, and the chickpeas and couscous will leave you full and satisfied. (via In Vegetables We Trust)
6. Caprese-Style Stuffed Tomatoes With Balsamic Reduction: Swap in this mozzarella and basil tomato recipe the next time you have a hankering for pasta. It’s got all the same herbaceous goodness with half the carbs. A win-win if you ask us! (via Apples and Sparkle)
7. Roasted Fennel and Israeli Couscous Salad: Any combination of roasted vegetables tossed with a carb base works, but when you throw roasted fennel, toasted hazelnuts and goat cheese with your couscous, you’re basically taking dinner to another level. (via Love and Olive Oil)
8. Grilled Vegetable Couscous: Roasting vegetables is great, but since it’s summer and all, why not grill them? This recipe calls for corn, portabello mushrooms and all colors of peppers. (via Proud Italian Cook)
9. Couscous Cakes: With a few eggs, you can transform pretty much anything into a patty. But if you’re going to be doing that anytime soon, consider making them with couscous. It’s great as is with a little bit of yogurt sauce or alongside grilled salmon to create a complete meal. (via Feastie)
10. Couscous Stuffed Mini Eggplant: By now you’ve learned that stuffing couscous into a vegetable is a great way to prepare it, but this might take the cake. The herb-dressed couscous with mushrooms pair handsomely with the eggplant and a zesty shallot cream. Heavenly! (via The Veg Life)
12. Smokey Sweet Potato Cous Cous Mushroom Veggie Burgers: Add some extra oomph to your typical veggie burger with the addition of couscous. It’s a great way to bulk up your patties, while keeping them healthy and flavorful. (via Hippopotamousse)
14. Chorizo, Chicken and Chickpea Soup: You may not think to put couscous into a soup, but it’s the perfect alternative to pasta or rice, especially in this chorizo, chicken and chickpea stew. (via Ren Behan)
16. Stuffed Romano Peppers With Turkey and Israeli Couscous: These stuffed peppers may look small, but the flavor is big. There are over six different spices, from cumin to turmeric, mixed into the couscous and ground turkey. (via Ricotta and Radishes)
17. Cucumber, Mango and Avocado Israeli Couscous Salad: This is a salad built with all kinds of textures: chewy Israeli couscous, creamy avocado, sweet mango, spicy chile, fresh cucumber and mint — need we say more? (via Foodess)
18. Israeli Couscous With Heirloom Carrots: The tanginess of the pomegranates, crunchiness of the nuts and sweetness of the heirloom carrots create a harmonious bite that’ll have you coming back for more. (via Highgate Hill Kitchen)
19. North African Spiced Shrimp and Roasted Summer Vegetable Couscous: Couscous is no longer bland nor basic with this North African mix of exotic spices, including aleppo and turmeric. (via Simply Scratch)
How do you like to prepare your couscous? Dish in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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