Monday, March 22, 2010

Warm and Nutty Breakfast Couscous Is Not Wimpy

warm and nutty breakfast couscous

I blame my mom. Growing up eating her hearty Italian pasta dinners has made nearly all other grains seem insubstantial. Rice is good, but you have to eat more of it to get full. Wheatberries are filling, but they take too long to cook. Couscous is, well, wimpy. That's right, couscous is wimpy. How can anyone get full on a dinner of delicate, fluffy couscous? I can't. That's why I have relegated it to breakfast.

For breakfast, couscous works. It's a welcome change from oatmeal and is just as versatile. It can be made with water or milk and tastes great with add-ins like nuts, dried fruits, or fresh berries. Of course, a drizzle of melted butter, maple syrup, or honey only makes it better.

This Warm and Nutty Breakfast Couscous is packed with belly-filling good carbs and lean protein. It's crunchy, chewy, sweet, and filling. It's definitely not wimpy.

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(This is another version with pecans, dried cherries, Medjool dates, cinnamon, and maple syrup. I told you it's versatile.)

Warm and Nutty Breakfast Couscous
Serves 2
Print recipe only here.

1 cup water
1/2 cup dry couscous
1/2 cup chopped mixed unsalted nuts, equal parts almond, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts
2 tablespoons unsalted pepitas* or sunflower seeds
2-3 pinches of cinnamon
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1. In a small pan, bring water to a boil. Add couscous. Remove from heat for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Drizzle each serving with a little extra maple syrup, if desired.

Shopping Note: Pepitas are flat, green Mexican pumpkin seeds found at Mexican markets, health food stores, and some major supermarkets. Unsalted pumpkin or sunflower seeds make good substitutes.

You might also enjoy these healthy breakfasts from Food Blogga:
Skinny Berry Parfaits
Breakfast Quinoa with Dried Cherries, Raisins, and Pecans
Swiss Chard, Potato, and Parmesan Frittata (makes a great breakfast sandwich)

You might also enjoy the warm breakfast grains recipes:
Dried Fruit Couscous recipe at Mele Cotte
Breakfast Millet with Prunes recipe at Healthy Green Kitchen
Breakfast Quinoa with Clementines, Sour Cherries, and Pecans recipe at Mostly Eating