Coconut-Almond Couscous

Creepy Closeup of Couscous

What is the easiest pasta ever? Couscous, of course! Really what could be easier?? You boil some liquid, add couscous and seasonings. Remove from heat, cover and let steam for 5 minutes. One of my favorite ways to serve spicy dishes is over coconut rice (rice cooked in coconut milk), so when I saw this recipe for coconut couscous, I practically smacked myself on the forehead. Duh!!

The original recipe from Cooking Light called for light coconut milk and I only had regular. In retrospect the light would have probably made it less gooey, but still with enough coconut flavor. So next time, and there will be a next time, I will use half coconut milk, half water.

Coconut-Almond Couscous
Serves 4 as a side dish

1 1/2 cups light coconut milk
1 cup couscous (I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Bring coconut milk to a boil. Gradually stir in couscous, green onions, salt and pepper. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds.

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This embarrassingly simple pasta dish will be my entry this week for Presto Pasta Nights hosted by Erin of Skinny Gourmet.

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Comments

  1. says

    My husband refuses to believe that couscous is pasta. (He likes pasta but maintains a conscious dislike of couscous.) Maybe if I show him your blog, he’ll believe me! Looks yummy :)

    P.S. my word verification on this post is ‘cooker’. No kidding.

  2. says

    I’m smackin’ my forehead because I need to do this with both couscous AND rice! Also, I receive notices of your blog posts in Google reader, and I burst out laughing at how you labeled your close-up photo! :-) Your humor put a smile on my face this morning!

  3. says

    oh, how i love fluffy, chewy couscous. i love the thought of coconut and almond flavors enhancing it, too–nicely done!

  4. says

    Sounds great. And there is nothing embarrassing in tasty food that comes together fast. Anything short of the drive through has to be counted a victory!

  5. says

    I haven’t had couscous in SUCH a long time. I think my mom only made it once in my childhood and other than that I only ate it at the dining hall here at school. I love this combination of flavors, though, and I bet it would also be great with other grains like quinoa and brown rice.

  6. says

    Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. It looks so delicious, I think I might try a sweet version without the onions, of course and perhaps a splash of rosewater.