Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Whole Wheat Couscous

Whole Wheat CouscousKalyn's Kitchen Picks is a blog feature where I rave about products that I fall in love with and use a lot in my kitchen. This time I'm talking about whole wheat couscous, something I heard about from my neighbor Nancy, but hadn't ever seen at the store where I shop until recently. For those who don't know, couscous is not a type of grain, but a product made from coarse ground durum wheat and flour, using a unique process. Since products made with whole grains are considered "good carbs" for the South Beach Diet, this whole wheat couscous is perfect for phase two or three.

Couscous is often served with curries or stews, and is traditional throughout the middle east and in many parts of northern Africa. There are different types of couscous, but most of the couscous sold in American is the quick cooking or instant kind. The whole wheat couscous shown here can be made in less than 10 minutes. Tomorrow I'll share a recipe for something delicious I ate with this the first time I made it, but meanwhile, here are ideas for recipes that would go well with couscous, and some ideas for couscous from other bloggers. (If you have a great couscous recipe I missed, feel free to leave a link in the comments.)

Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses would be great served with Couscous on the side.

The Mediterranean flavors of Chicken with Roasted Lemon, Green Olives, and Capers would be perfect with Couscous.

Couscous is often served with tajines, a type of North African stew, but I think this Mediterranean Beef Stew with Rosemary would taste wonderful served over Couscous.

Some Recipes Using Couscous For You to Try:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients, and remember couscous must be whole wheat to be approved for South Beach phase two or three.)
Couscous for a Crowd from The Perfect Pantry
Chicken Tarragon Cous-Cous from Anne's Food
Curry CousCous from Butter Pig
Zucchini, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad from What Did You Eat
Orange Couscous Curry from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Couscous Salad with Shrimp and Vanilla Oil from Ms. Glaze's Pommes d'Amour
Couscous and Yam Salad from Everybody Loves Sandwiches
Corn Couscous with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Peppers, Rucola, and Olives from Lucullian Delights
Stuffed Zucchini with Couscous from Tea and Cookies
Tagine of Chicken and Lemon from Vanilla Garliccounter customizable free hit

10 comments:

  1. Oooh, thanks! I've been craving couscous, but I feel guilty eating it. I'll have to seek out this variety. :)

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  2. Hi Kalyn! I'm in my second week of Phase 1, and while I was searching Google for some creative chicken recipes, I found your blog. I've just spent the last hour reading through recipes and making a list of things I want to try and now I can't wait to go grocery shopping again! I'm so excited that I found your blog--it's going to be very helpful as I transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2. I love to cook, but I am just not very creative (eggs for breakfast, chicken for lunch, and fish for dinner is my daily menu!). Thanks for all the GREAT ideas, and keep up the good work!!

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  3. I've just started eating couscous in the last few years and really like it - especially since I found a shop that sells it bulk and I can get large grain, which is my favorite. I'd love to find whole wheat... I'll ask next time I'm there.

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  4. I just picked up some whole wheat couscous and I have been wondering what to do with it. I look forward to seeing what you will do with yours. In the mean time I will take a look at those links.

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  5. I just got their flax and soy pancake mix, so I will have to really try this out! Healthy couscous- another reason to eat it!

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  6. I'm always on the look out for the whole wheat in anything. Really enjoy the whole wheat couscous! After very careful consideration of all the dishes you pictured I think I'd like my couscous with Chicken with Roasted Lemon, Green Olives, and Capers.

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  7. Amita, I think you'll like it. Any brand that's whole wheat is probably good.

    Anonymous, thanks for the feedback,so glad you like the blog, and good luck on South Beach.

    Katie, have only had the large couscous once, but I did like it.

    Kevin, first up, zucchini stuffed with ground beef, tomatoes, basil, and couscous.

    Deborah, I agree. Have to look for the pancake mix.

    Tanna, good choice!

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  8. Kalyn,

    Couscous is one of my favourite fast foods :) I prepare it when I don't have much time for cooking, in tuna salad, with oriental veggies in peanut sauce... with lemon grass and onion...
    Have a wonderful day,
    Margot

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  9. Hi Kalyn,

    Doesn't couscous, even whole wheat kind, have a fairly large carb count? I get confused about this ... even though I understand that it's considered "good carbs". Can you help clarify this to me? Thanks.

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  10. Rebecca, the South Beach diet is based on the glycemic index, not on the amount of carbs. Things that are whole grains (good carbs) are lower on the glycemic index, which makes them an acceptable choice. You can read here for more about the glycemic index.

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