Breakfast Couscous

Couscous for breakfast? Whole grain, made with milk and lots of fruit. And you can toss it in a plastic container and eat it on the go.

This recipe is adapted from the brand-new “Cooking Light First Foods: Baby Steps to a Lifetime of Healthy Eating,” which has lots of healthy, easy recipes for small children. I was a little skeptical at first, but the emphasis isn’t on low fat and there are no crazy artificial ingredients. The food is tasty enough for adults and older children, and they give appropriate serving sizes for the youngest ones in your house.

Serves: 3 adults*
Total time: 15 minutes

  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • ½ cup whole wheat couscous
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, raisins, etc.
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in milk and remaining ingredients. Remove from heat and cover. Let stand 10 minutes. When nice and thick, stir and serve.

*Cook’s Note: The serving sizes are small, so if you’re serving guys, you aren’t going to serve 3 with this recipe. This can be made in advance and zapped in the microwave in the morning.

Shopping List

Dairy
Low fat milk

Other
1 package whole-wheat couscous (also available in the bulk section at Whole Foods)
Dried cranberries, raisins or other dried fruit
Chopped walnuts
Brown sugar
Cinnamon