Apricot Pine Nut Couscous

couscous mixed with chopped dried apricots and fresh parsley

Get your grain on, with this perfect side for roasted chicken, turkey, or baked fish, and pair it with a favorite vegetable. The pine nuts provide the crunch (but you could also substitute chopped almonds).* The quick 10-minute prep time gives you more time away from the stove (and you won’t sweat the calories).

Each 1/2 cup serving has just 115 calories, with zero cholesterol, 22 g of carbs, 2 g of fat, 105 mg of sodium, 4 g of sugar, 2 g of fiber, and 4 g of protein. Put a star on this one for weeknight dinners and the holiday table!


(Serves 10)

2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat couscous (uncooked)

1/2 tsp. salt (optional)

1/4 tsp. black pepper

6 dried apricots (chopped)

3 tbsps. low-sugar apricot preserves

1 green onion (thinly sliced)

2 tbsps. pine nuts*

In a medium saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add couscous. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for five minutes, and fluff with fork. Add remaining ingredients, toss gently to coat, and serve.

*(Substituting ingredients will alter nutritional values.)

Recipe from www.diabetes.org.


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