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Orange Couscous With Almonds, Raisins, and Mint

This flavorful side dish goes well with chicken, beef, or lamb

Recipe Source: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals

Prep time Cook time Yields Serving Size
10 minutes 20 minutes 4 servings 3/4 C couscous


1 1/4 C low-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp raisins
1 C whole-wheat couscous
1 Tbsp fresh mint, rinsed, dried, and chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
1 Tbsp unsalted sliced almonds, toasted
1 medium orange, rinsed, for 1 Tbsp zest (use a grater to take a thin layer of skin off the orange)

Nutrition Facts 

Calories 141
Total fat 2 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 24 mg
Total fiber 4 g
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrates 28 g
Potassium 118 mg
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 2%
Iron 6%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


1, Combine chicken broth and raisins in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.
2, Add couscous, and return to a boil. Cover and remove from the heat.
3, Let the saucepan stand for about 5 minutes, until the couscous has absorbed all of the broth.
4, Meanwhile, toast almonds in the toaster oven on a foil-lined tray for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
5, Remove the lid and fluff the couscous with a fork. Gently mix in the mint, almonds, and orange zest. Serve immediately.

This is a great recipe for older children to make themselves.  Younger children can help measure ingredients and zest the orange.

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