Worthy of being a store-cupboard staple, couscous is extremely versatile and quick to make. Use as a side to tagines and curries, or in soups or summer salads.
Chunks of lean lamb are gently simmered with dates in a richly spiced gravy, then piled atop couscous and pistachio nuts, and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. Serve this exotic dish for a special family meal or a make-ahead dish for entertaining, accompanied by some Arabic flat bread and a simple leafy green salad.
This makes a healthy, colourful and filling lunch, served on top of lettuce.
The sweetness of barbecued vegetables is balanced by a tart tomato sauce, which mixes perfectly with simple couscous. A lovely light summer meal that is sure to get you to your five a day.
An fairly easy to cook dish with a kick. Quite a healthy dish with plenty of vegetables and fairly cheap too. Just scale down the portions for fewer people. I tend to make it as described and chill the remainder for lunches.
Enjoy the fragrant flavours of coriander and mint in this North African-inspired salad, that can be largely prepared ahead. Lamb is a good source of protein, as well as B vitamins, iron and zinc.
This vegetarian Moroccan stew is not only delicious, but it's also easy to make. Butternut squash, red potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes and green olives are simmered together, then served over freshly cooked couscous.
This couscous salad is a summer favourite, great for picnics and light lunches in the garden! Walnuts can be used instead of the pine nuts, and either are nice toasted before adding to the salad.
Couscous is extremely versatile and can be used for both savoury dishes and for sweet ones, such as this quickly made, delicious hot cereal. The couscous is mixed with dried fruit and soaked briefly in hot milk, then topped with fresh fruit, to create something a little different to start the day – a great alternative to porridge.
Aromatic cumin, coriander and cinnamon give these chicken breasts a Middle Eastern flavour, and including chickpeas further enhances the ethnic theme. Courgettes and sugarsnap peas add colour and all the benefits of fresh vegetables.
Fluffy couscous with loads of roasted veggies. Dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A delightful vegetarian dish.