Flat-Belly Diet Recipe: Curried Couscous - dummies

Flat-Belly Diet Recipe: Curried Couscous

By Erin Palinski-Wade, Tara Gidus, Kristina LaRue

Here’s a sweet-savory recipe for Curried Couscous that is made for your flat-belly diet. Flavorful curry and chicken broth balance the sweetness from raisins and apples, while red pepper and parsley add color to the whole-wheat couscous. You might think of couscous (KOO-skoos) as a grain, but it’s actually a form of pasta. Couscous, which originated in North Africa, is made of semolina granules that are steamed or boiled.

Coucous is a fine accompaniment to kebabs. [Credit: ©T.J. Hine Photography]
Credit: ©T.J. Hine Photography
Coucous is a fine accompaniment to kebabs.

For more protein, stir chickpeas or shredded rotisserie chicken breast into the couscous. Serve over a bed of spinach for extra veggie power. Complement this dish with a yummy side like low-fat Greek yogurt and berries.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

1-1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons curry powder

1-1/3 cups whole-wheat couscous, dry

1/2 cup parsley, chopped

1/2 cup Honeycrisp apple, diced

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

3 tablespoons 100 percent orange juice

  1. In a medium pot, place the chicken broth and curry powder and bring to a boil. Stir in the couscous; cover. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Pour the couscous in a large bowl. Stir in the curry powder until blended.

  3. Add the parsley, apple, raisins, bell pepper, and orange juice. Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated.

Per serving: Calories 381 (From Fat 27); Fat 3g (Saturated 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 31mg; Carbohydrate 83g (Dietary Fiber 8g); Protein 14g.