Whole Wheat Couscous Side Dish with Green Onions and Parmesan
If you think you don’t like couscous, this Whole Wheat Couscous Side Dish with Green Onions and Parmesan might surprise you!
Are you open-minded about couscous? I ask because when I mentioned how much I liked this whole wheat couscous recipe during a food conversation with a couple of my sisters and a friend, they were polite but obviously skeptical that couscous could ever be transformed into something you’d really want to eat. I understand, because plain white couscous has never been something I’d get very excited about.
However, I love the nutty flavor of Whole Wheat Couscous (affiliate link), and after I ramped up the flavor with lots of thinly sliced green onions and a generous amount of Parmesan cheese, I gobbled up a huge bowl of this for lunch. Best of all, whole wheat couscous is one of the quickest low-glycemic side dishes you can imagine; this can easily be on the table in 15 minutes.
What is Couscous?
Some people think couscous is a grain, but it’s actually a very small pasta. Most couscous found in the U.S. is the instant kind that cooks in five minutes. Couscous is pretty mainstream these days, but you’ll have to look a little harder to find the whole wheat type. In Salt Lake, I can find Hodgson Mill or Fantastic Foods Whole Wheat Couscous at Whole Foods or larger grocery stores. You can also buy Whole Wheat Couscous (affiliate link) online if you can’t find any. You can find more about Couscous at that link if you’re interested.
How to make Whole Wheat Couscous Side Dish with Green Onions and Parmesan:
(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)
- I started with a package of Whole Wheat Couscous (affiliate link), which measured out to be 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat couscous if you’re lucky enough to find a place to buy it in bulk. (The Fantastic Foods brand has 2 cups in a box, so you’ll need to increase the amount of chicken stock if you use that. There’s a chart on the box that will show how much stock you need.)
- Bring 2 cups chicken stock to a boil, using a heavy pan with a tight-fitting lid. (I used homemade chicken stock, which made the finished dish extra flavorful, but canned chicken broth will definitely work too.)
- Stir the whole wheat couscous into the boiling chicken stock.
- Then turn off heat, cover the pan, and let it sit for five minutes without lifting the lid.
- While the couscous is cooking, cut green onions into thin slices. (You can use even more if you really like green onions.)
- Measure out 1/2 cup good quality Parmesan cheese.
- After the couscous cooks for five minutes, remove lid and fluff the couscous with a fork. Let it cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Then stir in the Parmesan cheese and green onions, and season with some fresh-ground black pepper.
- Serve hot, as a great side dish for any type of chicken, fish, or meat.
Make it a Meal:
More Tasty Recipes with Whole Wheat Couscous:
Whole Wheat Couscous Salad with Persimmon, Grapes, Green Onion, Mint, and Pine Nuts from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Ten Flavorful Couscous Recipes from The Kitchn (substitute whole wheat couscous)
Whole Wheat Basil-Nut Couscous from Eating Out Loud
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat couscous
- 2 cups chicken stock (see notes)
- 5 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup finely-grated Parmesan cheese
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Using a heavy pan with a tight-fitting lid, bring 2 cups of homemade chicken stock to a boil.
- Stir in couscous, turn off heat, put the lid on the pan and let it sit for five minutes without lifting the lid.
- While couscous cooks, thinly slice the green onions and measure 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese.
- After 5 minutes, remove lid and fluff the couscous with a fork.
- Let cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in green onions and finely-grated Parmesan.
- Season to taste with freshly-ground black pepper and serve hot.
I used homemade chicken stock, but you could use canned chicken broth if that's what you have.
This recipe was inspired by a recipe for orzo pilaf from Bon Appetit magazine.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Whole wheat couscous would be too high in carbs for low-carb diets, but this would be a perfect side dish for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet.
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