August 12, 2010 by Dana
I remember the day that I knew Santa wasn’t real. When something that I believed was true for so long, no longer was. It’s not that I didn’t have an inkling. A clue. That things didn’t add up. But I wanted it to be. So I ignored the truth. After all, isn’t ignorance bliss?
And then one day, I asked. I just couldn’t ignore the facts anymore. How can one man go to every single house in one night? Why does he look different in every mall? And why does his handwriting look suspiciously like my mom’s? So my dad confirmed it. He’s not real.
Well, today I feel much like I did that day. I’ve had my suspicions for a while now, and today they’ve been confirmed. Alas, my beloved couscous is not a whole grain.
Now it might seem like I’m being a little dramatic. And maybe I am. But for someone that eats couscous at least weekly, touting that I’m doing my body good by fueling it with whole grain nutrients, this is a big deal. I tend to pride myself on knowing a lot about nutrition for a lay person. But I’ve been wrong about couscous for so long. Couscous is not a grain. In fact, couscous is made of tiny granules of pasta. I might as well have been eating linguini.
But, there is a silver lining here. Now that I know for sure that couscous is pasta, I also know that whole wheat and whole grain couscous exists. So instead of fooling myself into believing that I’m helping myself, I can actually do my body good by eating these substitutes.
So do your body good, and whip up a batch of this light and tasty couscous salad:
1 large tomato
1 large cucumber
¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 box (about 6 oz) whole wheat couscous
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Make sure to get good quality tomatoes, cucumbers, and parsley for the best results. Simplicity is the key with this dish, and the flavors of the fresh ingredients really make it shine.
1. Cook couscous according to directions on package.
2. While couscous is cooking, seed tomato and chop tomato and cucumber into bite sized pieces.
3. Mix cooked couscous, tomato, cucumber and parsley in a medium sized bowl. Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
This couscous salad is so light and tasty, and can be served hot or cold. It is a great substitute to heavy mayo pasta or potato salads at a BBQ or the perfect side dish with dinner. It makes a huge batch of salad, which I happily enjoyed for quite a few days after I made it.