Tuesday, October 18, 2005

When Couscous is Not Enough

The other day I really felt like having some couscous, but I was hungrier than that. I wanted meat, darnit. So here's the simple recipe I came up with to fulfill both longings.

You will need:
1 pkg couscous (listed at three servings); I used Garlic and Olive Oil blend, plus required ingredients for that.
1/4—1/3 lb ground beef
Green onion
Bouillon cube (about 1/3) or 'seasoned salt' with MSG
Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare couscous according to package directions after adding bouillon cube. (If you're worried about salt intake, leave out the bouillon cube and replace the required water with low-salt chicken, beef, or vegetable broth.)

Chop some green onion into a frying pan with the ground beef;

fry over medium heat, stirring constantly, until browned and the fat is cooked away.

Fluff the couscous and stir in the meat;

garnish with chopped green onion.

Serves 2-4 or one teenaged boy.

Consider cucumbers as a somewhat traditional side dish. Cucumbers with "greek" yogurt is the most authentic, but I'll let you get away with ranch dressing... as long as it's made from the mix packet and not from a bottle.

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