Putting it on the Plate with PICKKA

Orange couscous with dried fruit and pine nuts is a quick and easy meal.

Orange couscous with dried fruit and pine nuts is a quick and easy meal.

Simplicity is the key to this couscous dish that is full of flavor and texture.  To add a nice citrus twist to this Middle Eastern staple, substitute orange juice for half of the amount of water used to cook the couscous.  This dish is a great compliment as a side to many entrees (e.g., salmon, chicken, etc.,) or as a meal of its own.  By using store bought wholesome foods, this dish can be made in about 15 minutes or less.

To help me find ingredients consistent with my health and nutrition goals, I used my Evincii/PICKKA’s Eat This? app for the iPhone.  I love this app because it is so easy – all I have to do after entering my health objectives is to scan the bar code of the product.  Then, Eat This? tells me whether it is suitable or not for me.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of whole-wheat couscous, cooked according to directions with the exception of replacing half of the required amount of water with orange juice
  • Orange juice (see amount needed in preparation directions)
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh chives

Preparation

In a medium sauce pan combine equal parts orange juice and water (total amount determined by package directions).  Bring to a boil.  Add couscous, cover, and set aside for 5 minutes.  Peel and seperate orange into segments.  Cut each orange segment into thirds.  Chop the chives.  Place couscous into serving bowl, add remaining ingredients.  Combine.  Garnish with orange zest if you prefer.  Serve.

Have you eaten couscous before?  How did you like it?  Did you serve it as a side or as the main dish?  Share with us, we want to know!

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