Fluffy and tender couscous gets paired with sliced bananas and strawberries, a dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup in this quick and easy summer breakfast hot cereal bowl.
I recently discovered that couscous makes a delicious, fast and easy breakfast. Citrus was the first fruit topping I tried, which I wrote about in this post: breakfast couscous with oranges.
Bananas and strawberries go so well together that I thought I'd give that a go next. A delicious combo! And, a little easier to prepare, since you don't have to battle with peeling the orange. Because some days that's just how it is.
I'm looking at you, Monday mornings.
This one will be added to my Monday morning repertoire because it's:
- fast to make (5 min!)
- easy - you just need to boil some water
This breakfast stays with you, because the couscous is starchy and filling. Starches, which are carbohydrates, give our bodies energy for the day, so they make an excellent breakfast.
It's also very low in fat, so you can happily eat it whether you're choosing a plant-based, vegan, starch solution or even Dr. McDougall's Maximum Weight Loss way of eating. Happy dance!
How to make breakfast couscous
To make this recipe, you'll need the following kitchen utensils:
- a bowl and spoon
- a plate to cover your bowl
- a small paring knife to cut your fruit
Start with the couscous
Add your couscous and the dash of salt to a medium sized bowl. Next, you'll need to add your boiling water.
A note on boiling your water
You've probably boiled water a million times, but I want to share the most convenient way I've found.
Use an electric kettle
I grew up in Texas and never owned an electric kettle, until.... I went to visit my sister in Ireland. In her tiny, tiny kitchen, which had a sliver of a counter, she had made room for an electric kettle. Why? Because it's the best invention ever, that's why.
We love tea in this house. We drink it every day and had been boiling our water with a kettle on the stove. But, the convenience of an electric kettle was just marvelous while we were in Ireland. All you have to do is fill it and push the button. No more running into the kitchen to turn off the stove before it boils over.
As soon as we got home, we started shopping for one for our kitchen. And, as I've decluttered <a ton> recently and cleared my kitchen counters, the kettle real estate has remained untouched. It proudly sits in it's little corner, waiting to work for us every day.
If you have an electric kettle in your house, I recommend using it to boil your water for this recipe. You won't even have to touch your stove to have breakfast. Just fill the kettle and pop it on while you're getting your ingredients together.
The electric kettle we use has different settings on it, depending on what temperature your tea needs to be steeped at. For example, for green tea, it's 176 degrees Fahrenheit. For oolong tea, it's 194 degrees. I love it! It makes a big difference in the flavor of the tea, if you steep it in water at the right temperature for the tea you're drinking.
For this breakfast couscous, I've moved the dial all the way to the setting for Herbal tea, which will boil the water at 212 degrees. It only takes a minute or two to boil, depending on how much water you've added to it.
Or, you can boil your water with the stove or microwave
Alternatively, you could boil your water in a small saucepan on the stove.
If you're in a bind, you can also boil it in a glass measuring cup or a coffee mug. It will take about 1 minute to boil the 3/4 cup of water you'll need for this recipe. Depending on the wattage of your microwave, it may take less or more time, so keep an eye on it.
Flavor it up!
Once you've added your boiling water, stir it lightly, cover the boil with a plate and let sit for 5 minutes. While you're waiting for the couscous to plump up, peel and slice your banana and slice two strawberries. Then, you can add in your flavor!
Sprinkle on a little bit of cinnamon. Drizzle on some honey or maple syrup. Stir that goodness together and top with sliced banana and strawberries. YUM.
My boys like to eat this with raisins, so maybe give that a try for your kids and toddlers. Keep in mind that dried fruits have higher calorie density, so a little goes a long way and they should be limited if you're trying to lose weight.
For some other plant-based breakfast ideas, maybe you'd like to check out my simple maple oatmeal with sliced banana or these breakfast tacos with spinach, sweet potato and spicy charro beans.
I hope you enjoy this <possibly new> addition to your breakfast choices!
- 1/2 cup couscous
- Dash of salt
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2 strawberries, sliced
- Drizzle of honey or maple syrup
- Dash of cinnamon
- Put couscous and dash of salt in bowl. Add boiling water to bowl, stir lightly and cover.
- Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, slice your banana and strawberries.
- When couscous is ready, stir in honey (or maple syrup) and cinnamon. Top with fruit. Enjoy!
In addition to or instead of banana and strawberries, you can add oranges, raisins, golden raisins or dried cranberries.
Recipe adapted from Dr. John McDougall's book Maximum Weight Loss.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 176mgCarbohydrates: 100gFiber: 6gSugar: 46gProtein: 8g
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