Monday, March 22

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


Anh said...

Susan, I love you! Gonna try this cous cous breaky really soon.

I love rice + pasta and can get full with both kinds. Cous cous + quiona, not so much. :P

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I've tried quinoa for breakfast, but never couscous. It really sounds delicious.

Julia said...

This looks delicious. I'll definitely try it.

carolyn said...

so excited to see this! i made something similar in january with orange segments and dried dates. yum!

Joanne said...

I'm totally with you on this one. If it's not pasta, I typically want nothing to do with it. I'd rather just go carb-less. Or have a sweet potato. Or five.

This couscous looks delicious for breakfast though! A definite step up from oatmeal.

Rita said...

How interesting Susan. I made quinoa for breakfast before, but never thought of couscous.

Duncan | syrupandtang said...

I've never really warmed to couscous, but this breakfast idea is very interesting! Thanks for the prompt to try something different.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Great idea Susan! I love couscous, and would appreciate any excuse to eat it during another meal of the day!

Manggy said...

Well, I never thought that couscous was wimpy, but breakfast couscous! That's genius. I should give it a shot! :)

Cara said...

yum! I've been enjoying quinoa for breakfast lately but obviously the mix-in's are versatile - yours sound wonderful!

Kalyn Denny said...

Great idea, I really like the sound of this!

The Food Librarian said...

I need this now! This looks so delicious and filling. - mary

Winnie said...

Definitely not wimpy!
Love this recipe, and thanks for mentioning my breakfast millet!

Juliana said...

Susan...never thought in eating couscous for breakfast...such a great idea...indeed a nice way to start the day :-)

The Food Hunter said...

Never would've thought to eat this for breakfast.

Rambling Tart said...

Mmm, sounds the couscous version of the millet I had this morning. So hearty and stick-to-your-ribs. :-)

Abby said...

Cash really loves oatmeal and grits, which was my goal; I didn't want him to be one or the other like me and his dad (grits!) I might have to try this on him and see what he thinks. I love how healthy it would be for him (and nuts are okay in our house!)

Chris said...

Love this! Love Couscous! I have some whole wheat couscous I need to try soon.

Thanks for linking me! :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

anh-I love "brekky." I wish we had a cute name like that here. :)

jessica-It really is!

julia-I hope so!

carolyn-Aren't oranges and dates lovely together?

joanne- A sweet potato or five? I think we're gonna be good friends. :)

rita-You might like it as well.

duncan-It may change your opinion of couscous after all.

tw-Then this is right up your alley.

mark-Oh, thanks!

cara-The mix-in combos are endless.

kalyn-I hope you try it.

mary-I bet you do! ;)

winnie-You're quite welcome. I want to try your recipe too.

juliana-It is a refreshing change.

foodhunter-I hope you will now!

ramblingtart-Millet is on my list.

abby-I love that you're teaching Cash such healthful eating habits.

chris-You're quite welcome, my dear!