“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Cooking from scratch doesn't have to take ages, especially if you cheat a little by using a packet of couscous! Although it doesn't take any longer to prepare plain couscous, a packet of flavoured adds a bit more interest to the taste and is easy for people who don't like experimenting.
My packet of Morrison's couscous is flavoured with mushroom and garlic and certainly went well with grilled gammon steaks and vegetables, and it was all cooked in 15 minutes. It was purchased from Approved Foods at a reduced price as it was out of date but I don't think it is very expensive to buy.
The sachet has a picture of the finished product and a lot of writing on it, which makes it difficult to see that it is actually Mushroom and Garlic. On the reverse is a recipe for Stuffed courgettes and also the basic instructions, ingredients and nutritional values.
There is 88% dried couscous, 1.8% dried mushrooms. 0.3% garlic powder and various spices and flavourings. If you eat half of the packet - which gives a very decent helping then you consume 209 calories, so not very good for diets! But there is 2.4grams of fibre and the equivalent of 1 gram of salt. There is just 1.7 grams of fat.
It is quick and easy to make, the contents are emptied into a pan and you need to add 7fl oz of boiling water and can also add 2tsp of vegetable oil if you wish. I think this actually helps to keep the grains separate. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and leave for 5 minutes off the heat. Then return to heat and stir with a fork for 5 minutes until separated and hot right through.
It is brown in colour so may put people off but the smell is lovely and you can see pieces of dark mushroom. The flavour is good, quite garlicky which I like as I love garlic, the texture is soft couscous which is easy to eat. You can eat it hot or cold, I like it hot, but you can serve with salad and add some chicken pieces or prawns to make it more interesting.
Verdict, if you haven't time to make plain couscous a bit fancier and flavoursome then go for a packet, you can't go wrong! And it's suitable for vegetarians too.
As well as dieting over the last few months Ive been trying to broaden my horizons food wise and try things that I have never tried before. Things like sushi - blerggh! and obviously cous cous was one of the main things I wanted to try out. I dont really know why Ive never tried it before because I always see it on cooking programmes and it look dead easy to cook and basically a slightly different version to rice which means Id be getting some variety in my diet. Luckily my mom wanted to try it out as well so when she went shopping a few weeks back she came home with two packets of Morrisons own cous cous for the whole family to try out.
Price: 2 Packets For £1
Flavour: While I believe this is available in a plain flavour we personally chose the Mushroom & Garlic flavoruing. My mom seems to think there is a hot and spicy flavour as well at the moment.
Nutritional Information: [Half A Packet Prepared]
Now obviously the carbohydrate level is quite high but remember you are having this in place of rice or potatoes so your only having what you would have been eating in the first place the carbs are never going to be low in a dish like this. This is also suitable for vegetarians.
Preparing this really couldnt be easier as even I can do it! You just pour the whole packet into a saucepan, add 200ml of boiling water then bring to the boil and remove from the heat. Leave to stand for 5 minutes and then return to the heat for 1 minute while seperating the grains with a fork. By this point the little grains should have gone really fluffy and there should be LOADS in the pan as this expands quite a bit as we managed to get 4 servings of this out of just one packet so it will go much further than you expect. At this point it looks super yummy and basically like a smaller version if rice only its green. Ours was anyway but I think that is down to the flavouring.
Before I even tried this a friend of mine told me that cous cous tasted like chewed up rice and I have to say I kind of agree with her. This is one food that I really cannot make my mind up on as while it is very tasty and fills me up Im not that keen on the slightly weird texture. This one really did taste very strongly of garlic and herbs which I loved and has little chunks of mushroom running through it so I didnt feel like I was just eating plain rice but the tetxure is mushy but solid at the same time. If youve never tried it I think you should just to see what I mean because although I would eat it again Im not sure I would choose to buy this if it were my decision. Im honestly half and half with this one but Im going to award it four stars because everything but the texture I really liked. This cous cous can be eaten in loads of different ways as well as a side dish, in a salad, on its own or stuffed in courgettes or mushrooms like we are havng tonight so I guess it is very versatile and makes a nice change from rice every now and again.
I do recommend...sort of! Thanks For Reading
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Morrisons Cous Cous
Description: Manufacturer: Morrisons
If you have read any of my earlier reviews (thank you so much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) then you are likely to already know that over the festive season, I put on a few pounds. Since then, I have been trying to lose them (successfully in case you are interested!) through a combination of healthy foods, exercise and also by avoiding snacking.
Cous cous is low in fat (0.2g per 100g) and sugar (2.5g per 100g) and makes an excellent alternative to potatoes or rice (here are 362 calories per 100g) It can be eaten plain or mixed with loads of different things to add flavour. I either like to add spices such as chilli flakes and a little tomato paste, or lemon juice or vinagerette, along with chopped tomatoes and cucumber. It is also fantastically versatile and can be eaten hot or cold. In addition, the beauty of cous cous is that it is ready to eat in minutes and is a great way to have a hot and filling snack when you are pushed for time.
A 500g bag of this cous cous will cost you just £0.70 and because it fluffs up once it is cooked, a little goes further than you might expect.
To prepare, simply add the required amount of water (full instructions are on the packet so you can measure the amount you need based on how much you are preparing) and a little oil if you prefer and then either simmer gently on the hob for five minutes or do what I do and pop it into the microwave. I never bother adding oil as I find that the cous cous is tasty enough without it. Leave the cous cous to stand for a few minutes and then fluff it with a fork, then serve, it really is that simple!
The cous cous has a lovely texture, it is soft but each little grain is seperate, light and fluffy. There is no sogginess and each mouthful is exactly as it should be. Without adding any flavourings to it, the cous cous may seem a little bland for some but this really depends on what you are serving it with because it soaks up juices and sauces perfectly, quickly absorbing the flavours.
I like to serve this cous cous with fish, chicken, salads and spicy dishes, there really is no end to the variety of foods that it goes with. If you haven't tried cous cous before then I definitely recommend this one to you as it tastes great and offers excellent value for money too.
I love rice so I love cous cous too as I think thy are very similar in texture but not flavour as cous cous is not as tasty as rive unless you add flavour to it...
Morrisons do their own cous cous and it's a really cheap option to carbohydrates like pasta and potatoes which definitely costs a bit more than this and you get so much in a pack of this product as well!
Made from semolina which is durum wheat, this is a 500g bag made up of small particles of grain which swell when cooked in water, etc.
The bag is just a see-through plastic packet, plain and has the nutritional info on the front and back so you can see at a glance what you get.
Advertised as low in fat and sugar this product actually contains 12g of protein per 100 g of dried grains. The fat content is hardly there at 0.2g and the calories are 362 which sounds really high for 100g again, but this stuff really swells up so you get loads for that!
It is really easy to cook as well; even students like me can do it, lol!
The instructions are on the back of course but you just soak 250g in 400ml of water and then add salt and oil if you want and simmer for 5 minutes and then leave it to soak for a bit longer...
The cous cous really fluffs up its amazing, like a fluffy mass!
We use vegetable stock cubes to flavour the water and it's really nice as there isn't much taste to the cous cous otherwise.
This is very filling and 100% natural with no colours flavours or preservative in it and really healthy too; I really like it as a change and it's suitable for vegetarians but not for gluten allergists :(
It keeps for over a year on our best before date package as it's a dried food.
Five stars for a great food from me, yay!