Couscous with Dried Fruit and Nuts

The other day Kara emailed me with the next date Giada will be in town. Monday, April 2nd in Oakbrook for all you Chicagoans. We’re like…her biggest fans and we’ve been dying to go to one of her book signings, but they’re always during the week. So many of my favorite recipes are thanks to Giada and this is another one of them.

I’ve been making this couscous for years. I seriously make it ALL the time! I don’t know why it hasn’t made it to the blog yet. This is one of my favorites recipes because it’s healthy and it’s a perfect lunch option for work. I like to make a whole batch then portion it out into several small containers. That way I can just grab one on my way out the door and have a healthy and filling lunch. No need to microwave it or anything, couldn’t be any easier!

There are a few parts of this recipe that we’ve changed from Giada’s original recipe. We cut the sugar in half and reduced the amount of olive oil too. As far as the dried fruit and nuts, just use your favorites! Every time I make this couscous I change up the recipe a little bit. I’ll mix up the fruit and the nuts depending on what I have on hand and what I’m in the mood for. However, I always use raw almonds because they’re so darn healthy.

I want to mention a couple things about this recipe that can make a fairly healthy recipe turn unhealthy really fast. First of all, use raw nuts. No honey roasted or salted or candy coated. Plain old raw nuts. They’re good, believe me. Second of all, do not buy dried fruit with added sugar. When you’re at the grocery store make sure you read the ingredients listed on the label carefully. It should be 100% fruit.

Here’s what you’ll need

Add the dried fruit to the water

Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Bring mixture to a boil

Once the water comes to a boil, stir in the couscous, cover and remove from heat

After 5 minutes or so, fluff up the couscous with a fork

Transfer to a dish and LIGHTLY drizzle with olive oil

Sprinkle with chopped nuts and enjoy!

I make this all the time and eat it as a snack. It’s so good!