I often need a quick tasty and healthy snack at work and I often keep a stash of Asda flavoured couscous. It''s practically instant - just add boiling water and leave to stand for a few minutes, or if you like it piping hot give it a few secs in the microwave. This particular flavour is Spicy Vegetable and contains grains of couscous, flavouring power and a tiny amount of dried vegetables.The packet suggests cooking it on the hob by bringing a pot to boil then allowing to stand on the heat for 5 minutes, but I prefer to make mine in a large mug. The packet contains 2 servings at 196 calories per serving. Despite being very greedy I find that a full pack is too much - but half a pack is is not enough, so I buy a lot of packs at a time and empty them into a big jar which I keep in the cupboard at work. The flavour is very tasty, but not especially spicy so I add a couple of drops of Tabasco to liven it up. It is suitable for vegetarians, contains gluten and wheat and my contain traces of nuts, peanuts and/or sesame seeds. Often have this in the evening as part of a main meal, but make up the whole packet, and use half to make a cold couscous salad. The pack advises not to reheat, keep refrigerated if using cold and consume within 24 hours. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat - would wholly recommend this as a quick snack taht''s tasty & healthy too. Thanks for reading.
From time to time I really do try to eat healthily. I'm lucky cos I do train at the gym most days and I do love pasta and rice but boy does it get boring which sometimes means that I end up going to the shop on my way home and buying stuff I really shouldn't so when I'm on a healthy eating regime I do try to buy things that are new and interesting to keep my diet fresh and less boring.
Now me and Cous Cous don't usually get along very well to be honest. I've tried out alot of brands and flavours recently and either find that it's grainy and a lump of stodge (probably my fault) or that it lacks flavour and is tasteless (not my fault!). However I am determined to find a cous cous that I do like and so when I saw this in my local Asda store costing 45p a packet I decided it had to be worth a go!
Well its a paper, oblong and bright green packet that is foil inside and on the front there is a picture of stuffed peppers with the cous cous stuffed inside of them. In white writing I'm told it's Asda Spicy Vegetable Cous Cous and to the top right hand corner I'm told the weight which is 110g, I'm told it boils in 7 minutes, is suitable for Vegetarians and contains less than 3% fat. On the back of the packet other information includes a recipe suggestion, how to cook the cous cous, ingredients and allergy advice is given (contains milk and wheat and may contain traces of nuts and or/seeds), I'm told how to store it and contact details for Asda are given. It's a nice enough informative packet and easy to open etc.
The Cous Cous:
Well to cook it we are told to empty the contents into a saucepan and to add 200ml of boiling water and then bring it to the boil, remove from the heat, cover and stand for 5 minutes and then return to the heat for 1 minute separating the grains with a fork.
Basically I do as I'm told and that's what I did. My contents were some roundish grains of duram wheat semolina of course and were yellowy in colour. I could see speckles of dark brown powder in it but it struck me I couldn't see any vegetable in colour or form at all though it smelt nice.... of vegetables really and a hint of spiciness wafting about in the air.
It cooked up according to the instructions well and with no fuss at all. It cooked in the promised 7 minutes and was fluffier than I'd ever seen any home cooked cous cous before. Looked good and smelt great but....
Well then came the all important taste test....
Yep it tasted great, in fact I loved it! The grains tasted of spicy semolina and the vegetable taste came from the stock which created a bouillon which also adds seasoning to this. I could taste a hint of garlic, onion and a slight kick of chilli but I never came across any of the 5% dried vegetables at all in appearance....just as I said in stock gave the taste
It was really tasty and I'd love to try topping plain chicken or fish with this or even stuff some vegetables! It's a low fat tasty option, it isn't greasy and it isn't rocket science to make and me I shall be repurchasing this for sure!
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 sachet prepared as directed:
Salt: Approx 1.4g
I paid 45p for my packet and it's available in other flavours too. Only available in Asda stores.