Pick ‘N Mix Couscous

The other day at Odeon I noticed they had a different sort of pick ‘n mix on sale: yogurt-coated nuts. Finally a healthy option available at the cinema, even though I couldn’t have it. But it’s a start, I guess.

And it inspired this spur-of-the-moment recipe. I had all the ingredients necessary in my cupboard to living up some boring old couscous and I’m sure I could do the same with rice, barley or quinoa. It makes a lovely side dish at lunch, or if you half the recipe you could even have it as a snack. I might even bring some to the cinema to nibble on during a film…

Super easy to pack and goes beautifully with some roasted butternut squash sprinkled with cinnamon. 

Takes 10-12 minutes to make

Serves two as a side dish, four as a snack

100g dry couscous
200-250ml boiling water
40g sultanas
40g dried cranberries
zest of an orange
1 tsp grater ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
25g pine nuts
25g cashews or almonds
grated nutmeg (optional)
ground cloves (optional)

Place the dry couscous in a bowl and pour over the boiling water. Let it sit for ten minutes so the couscous can absorb the water. When this is done add in the rest of the ingredients, stirring with a fork, not a spoon, so as to keep the couscous fluffy.

The Cookie Fairy

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