What do you do with couscous? I like couscous. One time when I made it, both my husband and I decided that we really like it. I usually buy Near East brand. I usually by flavored kind. Our favorite is a Garlic and Olive Oil. We also eat a Parmesan flavor. But the boxes are very small and they really, when I think about it, are kind of expensive. I usually pay over three dollars for a box. It really only works for one meal. So to me that is expensive. So I went to where I always go to when I am shopping for less expensive stuff – Amazon. I ended up buying a lot of couscous. I got FOUR bags, that can serve as FOUR meal sides EACH, for $16! But now what do I do with all that couscous?
One thing I LOVE about it, is that cooks so fast. It is so easy. So really adding too much to it, just takes away from that. But when you have as much as I do ya look for different things to do with it.
One thing I did that was awesome and easy was just chop us some kale and throw it in. I chopped up the kale and two minutes into the last five minutes of the couscous cooking I put it in the pot and stirred it. Then let the couscous continue to cook.
But that to me is still more of a side dish. I wanted something to eat as a main dish. So what do I do when I am trying to add some “weight” to a meal? AND I happen to have made hamburgers a couple of days before? Well, I throw in beef, of course. It was very good! So I thought I would share what I did.
Beef, Kale, and Couscous
1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon red onion
a little less than 1/4 pound ground beef
2 kale leaves
1 1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
3/4 teaspoon powdered garlic
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Fine chop the kale. After the water has boiled, add the couscous to the water. Set a timer for 2 minutes. When the timer goes off sprinkle the garlic and turmeric on the couscous and add the kale, then sprinkle the garlic salt on top of the kale. Stir everything together. Then set the timer for 2 minutes and let it all finish cooking.
Once the couscous is done add the meat. Then stir it all together, mixing it well. Then serve.
The beef adds a richness and not a lot is needed. The beef also helps it be satisfying as an entrée.I added more garlic salt while it was on my plate. I added pepper to my husband’s plate. My hubby and I really enjoyed this so I will probably be doing it again.
So, as I said – what do you do with couscous?
PS While I was looking for my kale and couscous pictures a search reveal this post Couscous, Fennel, and Garbanzo Beans. I forgot about this.