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Simple couscous

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Couscous is extremely easy to cook and can make a great side for several recipes. Couscous is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine. This recipe is a simple way of cooking and flavoring couscous. You can use this recipe as a basic direction and experiment with a variety of additions and flavors.

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Kind of food: Side
How long: 5 min
Makes: 2 cups
Pots and pans: Bowl

Ingredients
1 cup Couscous
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp butter
1/4 tbsp almonds (slivered)
1/4 tbsp raisins

How to make
In a bowl place couscous, salt and butter. Pour in the boiling hot water. Give it a mix and cover and let it sit for 2-3 minutes (or follow package directions if different)  Fluff up the couscous with a fork and mix in the almonds and raisins.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Serving ideas
Serve as a side with vegetables, stews or even fish. Try the pairing with the Cilantro lime fish (featured on the valentine special).

Tip, tricks and alternatives
Couscous can be made so quick that you can whip this up for a quick side.
Couscous works similar to rice and looks pretty. To make it even more interesting, you can place in the couscous in fun shapes using molds or cookie cutters
You can serve couscous plain or by flavoring with any herb of your choice, dry fruits or nuts. You can also make some sweeter versions by using buttermilk in the couscous.

Fun shapes

February 9, 2009 at 12:00 am 1 comment

Semolina pasta cakes

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Semolina pasta cakes make for a whole some meal with adequate protein, good carbs and vitamins (from fruits).  This recipe is ideal for a toddler meal or a healthy snack for all.  Toddlers can get into phases were they prefer snack type foods that can be held easily as opposed to eating with a fork or spoon.   This is one such recipe right up a toddler’s alley.

Semoline pasta cake for toddlers

Kind of food: Meal/snack
How long: 5-10 min
Pots and pans: Microwave safe plate and kettle/pot for hot water
Makes: 2-3 pieces

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Semolina pasta ( available in the pasta/ baby food aisle)
Substitute: 1/2 cup couscous
very hot water boiling if using semolina pasta
3/4 very hot boiling water if using couscous
1 Tbsp shredded cheese (American, Swiss cheese)
2 Tbsp finely chopped apples or pears or raisins
2 tsp honey for a sweet snack
Substitute: A pinch of salt and 1tsp pepper for a savory snack

How to make:
Pour hot water over the semolina pasta  or couscous.  Cover it  and let is sit for 5 minutes. In the mean time chop apples fine and measure shredded cheese.  Mix cheese and  microwave the cooked couscous/semolina pasta for 30 secs to one minute.  Remove the pasta, mix in the apples and spread it flat into 1/4″ thickness.  Pack it tight. Use hands or flat spoon. Using a cookie cutter shape the pasta cake into a shape of your choice.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Serving Ideas
Serve with jelly or a chutney or flavored yogurt , according to your kid’s choice.  Serve the pasta cakes wit fresh fruit/nuts/raisins for a toddler meal.  If making the savory version serve it with any dipping sauce.

Tips, tricks and ideas
When making couscous for the rest of the family this recipe is quick meal for a toddler.  Left over couscous can be used too.

January 25, 2009 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment


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