Kalyn'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 Garlic