Toasted Almond Couscous with Raisins




By Jordan Miller;

Looking for a meal that will excite your taste-buds and have your lips smacking with delight? Well, you have stumbled on the right recipe (courtesy of Pamela Durkin). Today, Kyla and I present to you a rather delicious and nutritious meal that can be eaten at anytime of the day. This dish will provide you with the appropriate macro-nutrient ratio your body needs. Not only is it proportional in its nutritional composition, it will bring a sense of comfort and peace to your cravings. We hope you enjoy it! Feel free to play around with the recipe as you wish, as we are here to merely guide your creativity into co-creating a dish of your own.

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Toasted Almond Couscous with Raisins

Ingredients:

2 cups (500 ml) whole wheat couscous
3/4 cup (180 ml) golden raisins  or cranberries
3/4 cup (180 ml) almonds, slivered (or pine nuts)
1 3/4 cups (430 ml) boiling water
5 to 6 Tbsp (75 to 90 ml) fresh-squeezed orange juice, divided
1 Tbsp (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp (5 ml) orange peel, finely grated
2 tsp of fine chopped parsley (optional)


Directions:

1. Soak raisins (cranberries) in a bowl with hot water; set aside.
2. Toast almond slivers (or pine nuts) in heavy skillet (without oil) over medium heat just until they turn golden, stirring often to prevent burning. Set aside.
3. Combine boiling water, 2 Tbsp (30 ml) juice, oil, and  orange peel in medium saucepan, and bring to simmer. Stir in couscous; cover and remove from heat. Let stand until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 5-7 minutes. Fluff with fork, adding orange juice by tablespoonfuls to taste.
4. Drain raisins (or cranberries) and add to couscous mixture. Also add toasted almonds or pine nuts to the mixture.

Serves 4.

Nutritional Information:

Each serving contains: 570 calories; 15 g protein; 14 g fat (0 g trans fat); 95 g carbohydrates; 8 g fibre; 17 mg sodium


Your questions: How often, if ever, do you eat couscous? Would you consider eating it more often? (post your comments below)

Sources:
http://www.alive.com/
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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

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