I’ve been making couscous and beef for almost ten years now as a quick, healthy, easy, and tasty lunch or dinner. The idea actually came my way via a very old friend of mine from high school. At the time I was trying to count calories and eat healthier. But, I found I had a really hard time counting calories and staying full. I started looking for dishes that gave me the most bang for my calorie buck… that didn’t suck. My friend suggested couscous and beef.
- It’s super tasty, something I would want to eat even when I wasn’t counting calories.
- It’s super fast to make. Ground beef browns up pretty fast over medium high heat and couscous cooks up in 10 minutes or less!
- Almost everyone likes it.
- And for the calorie counters, you can dish up a fairly large plate of the stuff for under 500 calories.
Over the years I’ve tried all kind of seasonings in the beef and veggies. But today I’m going to share my current favorite. It’s fairly heavily spiced with cumin, cardamon, turmeric, garlic, and more. It really packs some flavor. I add stewed tomatoes and raisins or golden raisins because they both really compliment the spice profile. From there I always load it up with whatever veggies I have on hand to make it healthier and round everything out. Almost any veggies work fine. My favorite is actually green beans, but my photos show broccoli cause that’s what was floating around the house last night when I made dinner. Pick your favorite veggies. Toss it all over couscous (whole grain, plain, parmesan, they all work). Sprinkle it with a little shredded cheese if you like. The result is a tasty, satisfying, protein and vitamin packed dish. (And by the way, both my kids will eat this no problem!) Enjoy.