Healthy Broccoli Couscous
- 1 cup dry couscous
- 2 cups chicken broth, divided
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon all-natural almond or peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon green s’chug
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ white onion, chopped
- 5 cups frozen broccoli
- cayenne pepper
- red pepper flakes
- curry powder
- ground mustard
- ground ginger
- black pepper
- In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup chicken broth and 1 tablespoon peanut oil. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and pour 1 cup dry couscous into the sauce pan. Stir well, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- In a large skillet, pour 1 cup chicken broth and 5 cups frozen broccoli. Bring to a boil, then add chopped onion, lower heat, and cover. Let the broccoli and onion simmer until tender (able to be pierced easily with a fork), then drain off excess liquid with a colander. Add the cooked broccoli and onion to the couscous and stir.
- In a small bowl, mix together the nut butter, green s’chug, red wine vinegar, and maple syrup until smooth. Add to the couscous mixture and stir well.
- Here is the fun part: go get ALL OF YOUR SPICES. Now add them in whatever proportions you like. Play this song while you're doing it. I used the spices listed in the ingredients, but you can switch it up. You probably won’t need salt because of the chicken broth, but just taste as you go. Be free!
Couscous is a North African food usually eaten with meat or veggies. It cooks in five minutes, and you can spruce it up with all kinds of creative methods. In Spain, my roommate and I used to make couscous flavorful by adding in raisins, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon to the dry mixture, then pouring in a cup of orange juice we’d brought to a boil. I use chicken broth in this recipe, but you can use vegetable broth, water, juice, or some combination of those.
Try some things out; get weird. It’s so simple, you’d be hard pressed to mess things up. Isn’t it kind of nice to know you can take some chances and still end up with something warm, healthy, and tasty?
Couscous is forgiving that way, and we can all use forgiveness. And couscous.