Back To Basics: Couscous

Only a short post for you today as there really isn’t much to say about couscous. That being said, it is a cheap, filling meal unto itself.

Couscous may not be the sort of thing you normally go for but it is great for midweek dinners. All you need to do to cook it is pour out around 70g into a bowl or pot and then pour over 100ml of stock. Then simply cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave for a few minutes until the liquid has been soaked up. It really is that simple.

It is generally served with tagines or other African/Moroccan style foods, most of which can be batch cooked and served in single portion sizes from frozen – which is what I tend to do. It can also be used as the base of a lunchtime salad too.

Over the next few months I will be giving you lots of recipe ideas, many of which that can be served with couscous, but here is one that I absolutely love: Sweet potato, potato and carrot tagine. It is another very easy recipe that I make up in huge batches and freeze into single portions. An average portion will cost you only 40p a portion with couscous (assuming you make up a batch).

You need 300g of sweet potato and potato and 2 large-ish carrots. Chop these into chunks and throw into a large saucepan or pot on the hob along with a medium sliced onion. Pour in 250ml of vegetable stock and a 400ml can of chopped tomatoes.

For the spices I actually have a special tagine spice that is already mixed up – if you do too, use a good few tsp of it depending on its strength – but if you don’t have this you can make it from scratch quickly by using 1/2-1tsp of chilli powder (depends how hot you like your food), 1tsp ginger/ground coriander/turmeric and 2tsp cumin/cinnamon. Once you’ve got the spices, mix it in with everything else in the pot, season with salt and pepper and leave to simmer over a medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Serve with your couscous. I also have pitta bread and a cucumber raita too, just because I can!


As I said, really easy! Have a great day!


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