Follow this couscous recipe to make a perfect, fluffy rice alternative with no added salt or sugar. Not just for the tagine, the perfect low fat, moderate GI meal base, this couscous is delicious served with meat, vegetables or sauce.


Serves 2
1 cup (200 grams) couscous
1 cup (250 ml) water


  1. Boil the water;
  2. Place the couscous in a saucepan or bowl;
  3. Pour in boiling water;
  4. Cover and leave to stand for 10 minutes;
  5. Use a fork to separate the grains of couscous;

Serve immediately
Prepartion time: No preparation required
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty Rating : Easy

  • It’s common to add butter or olive oil to couscous to help fluff it up at the end. You can add oil or butter to this recipe, but be aware that you’ll be increasing the amount of fat and calories . Fats are very high in calories and contain very few nutrients. Reducing fat intake by leaving the fat out of couscous is one step you can take to improve your diet and reduce your risk of developing chronic health conditions like obesity, erectile dysfunction, type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.
  • Serve with your favourite grilled meat, for example spicy Mediterranean BBQ lamb for a protein rich meal. Protein is an important source of energy which is used by the body during physical activity. It is important to eat energy in the form of protein every day to avoid protein energy malnutrition.
  • Serve with low fat pasta sauce (e.g. vegetable pasta sauce) for a healthy meal packed with vitamins and minerals which are important for keeping your body healthy.
  • Mix any leftovers with raw salad vegetables such as capsicum, onion and mushrooms for a super healthy salad. Make sure you leave the skin on the vegetables as skin contains the most fibre, an important micronutrient used by the gastrointestinal system to digest food.

Nutritional Content

Nutritional Analysis per serve:

Energy 1492 kJ
356.6 cal
Protein 11.6 g
Total fat 0.6 g
Saturated fat 0.1 g
Carbohydrates 72.4 g
Total sugars 0 g
Fibre 5 g
Sodium 10 mg
Cholesterol 0 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Calcium 0 mg


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