Jewelled Giant Couscous

  • 10MINS
  • 6MINS
  • 131KCAL

Inspired by Moroccan flavours, this Jewelled Giant Couscous is a fresh and easy salad that's great if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories131
  • Carbs21g
  • Protein4.7g
  • Fat1.4g
  • Saturates0.2g
  • Sugars9.3g

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This Jewelled Giant Couscous recipe is a fantastic addition to any BBQ or buffet and is suitable for vegans as well!

The sumac gives it that earthy, lemon flavour that’s typical of Middle Eastern cuisine and the pomegranate seeds add a little extra burst of freshness.  We’ve used giant couscous in this recipe which is a little bit different to normal couscous in that you do have to cook it first, but we think that it works much better than normal couscous does!

Our Jewelled Giant Couscous is a great vegetarian and vegan side dish or if you’re looking to make it more filling, then you can always add chicken breast, reduced fat feta cheese or even half an avocado!

What diets is this Jewelled Giant Couscous suitable for?

This Jewelled Giant Couscous recipe is suitable for dairy free, vegetarian and vegan diets. However, if you’re cooking for people on a vegan diet, then please do double check the following ingredients as they can vary;

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Stock cube

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Jewelled Giant Couscous recipe?

  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Jewelled Giant Couscous recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Jewelled Giant Couscous recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Jewelled Giant Couscous recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Jewelled Giant Couscous?

Sumac is a spice that has that lovely, earthy lemon flavour that can be found in Middle Eastern cuisine.  You should be able to find this in your local supermarket.

Giant couscous is just a larger version of traditional couscous, that needs to be cooked beforehand. You can find it in your local supermarket or, if you’d rather, you can substitute it for normal couscous instead.

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How many calories are in this Jewelled Giant Couscous?

There are 130 calories per portion in this Jewelled Giant Couscous, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Jewelled Giant Couscous is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Add the giant couscous and stock to a saucepan and simmer over a medium heat for 6 minutes. When cooked, the couscous will have doubled in size and absorbed the water. Don’t overcook it as it will become gluey and stick together.

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Step 2

Set the cooked couscous aside to cool.

Step 3

Mix the cooled couscous and the rest of the ingredients together.

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Step 4

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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What could I serve with this Jewelled Giant Couscous?

This Jewelled Giant Couscous works really well when served as an accompaniment to any of the following dishes:

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How do you know when Jewelled Giant Couscous is cooked?

You’ll need to cook your giant couscous for around 6 minutes or until it has doubled in size and absorbed the water.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Jewelled Giant Couscous in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you have any leftovers, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Jewelled Giant Couscous in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Jewelled Giant Couscous?

No, we don’t recommend freezing this recipe!

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Jewelled Giant Couscous

Inspired by Moroccan flavours, this Jewelled Giant Couscous is a fresh and easy salad that's great if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    6 MINS
  • KCals 131
  • Carbs 21G
WW Points
  • 5 Green
  • 5 Blue
  • 5 Purple

Ingredients

  • 300 g dried giant couscous
  • 1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 500ml boiling water
  • 1 large carrot coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cucumber diced into 1/2cm cubes
  • 300 g cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 200 g pomegranate seeds
  • 1 pepper deseeded and finely diced
  • 2 spring onions green and white finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • small handful fresh mint leaves finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

  1. Add the giant couscous and stock to a saucepan and simmer over a medium heat for 6 minutes. When cooked, the couscous will have doubled in size and absorbed the water. Don’t overcook it as it will become gluey and stick together.
  2. Set the cooked couscous aside to cool.
  3. Mix the cooled couscous and the rest of the ingredients together.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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Recipe notes

Make this recipe even quicker by replacing giant couscous with the regular kind. It doesn’t need cooking, you just need to pour the boiling stock over it!

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