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Cous Cous with Basil, Tomatoes and Mozarella

I know that recently I have been posting more recipe posts but what can I say I do love my food.  I wasn’t always a fan, it was only once I began cooking for myself that my love affair with food began and we haven’t looked back since.  Having come from a Mediterranean background I do love foods with a wealth of flavour rather than bland food.

Cous cous is a great ingredient especially as an addition to salad.  I do rather enjoy experimenting with it as it is extremely versatile.  Cous cous is a whole grain so you get more vitamins, minerals and fibre each serving than those that have been refined.  It is a great source of protein so fabulous for vegetarians.  Cous cous also contains fibre so helps to prevent constipation and also catches fats within the fibres and helps remove them from the body helping to reduce cholesterol levels.  Cous cous contains selenium which is an antioxidant that protects cells from toxins and helps fight cancer.  It is though that a deficiency in selenium is linked to prostate cancer and also possibly lung cancer.

Ok enough of the science lesson, now for the recipe and it’s a good one.

Ingredients

400g cous cous cooked in chicken stock, cooled and fluffed (this is the weight before cooking.)

90g semi dried tomatoes, place on kitchen towel to remove excess oil

60g kalamata olives (pitted)

7-8 fresh basil leaves

125g mozzarella

Piece of basic for a garnish

Method.

Chop the tomato pieces into 2 or 3 pieces depending on how large they are and toss them and the olives into the cous cous.  Tear the basil leaves and chop the mozzarella into bite size pieces, add both to the cous cous.  Stir well and garnish with a little extra basil as in the photo.

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You can omit the cheese if you prefer or even simply add a vegetarian cheese.

Enjoy!

This Post Has 65 Comments

  1. I’ve no had couscous in such a long time, I ended up eating quite a bit of quinoa but I do love something filling and colourful like this x

    1. It is great with various additions. I do love this particular mix.

  2. I love cous cous, I’ll definitely be trying this recipe out. Thanks!

    1. Enjoy Tara 😉

  3. I absolutely love cous cous, anything with mozerella is great x

    1. I love mozzarella I should make more dishes with it.

  4. This looks delicious! I’ve been growing basil this year and this seems like a great recipe!

    1. Me too, I have some growing in my kitchen. It’s handy when I need to grab a few leaves.

  5. This looks delicious. I am always looking for more recipes with cous cous. I eat it most days

    1. This is nice and tasty and you can always add more of the ingredients if you like.

  6. I love cous cous and this version with mozarella and basil sounds healthy and delicious.Mmm

    1. It really is and you can adapt ingredients to your taste.

  7. This sounds like the best meal! I’m definitely liking the olives and mozzarella.

    1. It works well as a meal and side dish.

  8. Anything with mozarella is my taste! Haha. I guess I can give up rice slowly and shift to Cous cous?

    1. This sort of dish would be a great alternative.

  9. This looks so tasty, I could just eat some and it is not even breakfast time 🙂

    1. I’m sure it would make a yummy breakfast.

  10. Mmmmm a classic recipe with a twist. I adore basil, tomato and mozzarella and I bet the couscous bulks it our nicely x

    1. It does make a filling meal and is super healthy too.

  11. This looks a great recipe for my healthy eating kick. I love mozerella so will give this a go x

    1. Enjoy, it goes very well with Greek yoghurt.

  12. Yummy I have made something like this in the past but i’d add chicken and onion. Look lovely. xx

    1. I was looking at an Italian inspired cous cous with lots of flavour. Meats work well too though.

  13. Yum! I’m not the biggest mozzarella fan but this looks so appetizing!

    1. You can always swap this for feta of roasted carrots x

  14. Mmm now that’s my kind of couscous salad, that! We eat a lot of that kind of food in our house too.

    1. That’s interesting, I think I may need to pop over for lunch sometime.

  15. This is definitely the kind of dish I am really happy with x

    1. I love this sort of dish, it’s tasty and healthy.

  16. I’m not a fan of couscous – I’d have to be persuaded to try it, but it looks good.

    1. It takes on the flavour of the ingredients making it very yummy. Give it a try, you will be a fan soon.

  17. tomato and mozzarella, the perfect combination. ill have to try it with cous cous next time

    1. Enjoy Nicol, it is yummy!

  18. I don’t know why, but I always forget about couscous. It goes with so many different things.

    1. That’s true it is very versatile.

  19. Not a big fan of cous cous, but my husband loves it. I’m keeping this recipe 😉

    1. He will love it 😉

  20. I love this twist on a calprese, so yummy!

    1. It really is yummy and a great comfort food.

  21. I do love cous cous and bet these flavours taste amazing together

    1. They do. I love this dish.

  22. I love cous cous so I will be trying this recipe. Looks yummy.

    1. Glad you liked it, enjoy!

  23. I’ve never had Cous Cous before so this will be a nice recipe to try

    1. Enjoy, this recipe is full of flavour.

  24. I really like couscous so need to make this myself very soon 🙂

    1. Enjoy Melissa it’s really easy to make.

  25. I’ve never had a dish like this – I have to give it a try!

    1. You’ll love it, enjoy!

  26. This would be a great dish for me to prepare in advance for lunch time with my little one.

    1. It is a good one to prepare in advance and will last a day or two as well.

  27. I’ve never tried cous cous with mozarella, sounds divine!

    1. It is, I love adding mozzarella into salads.

  28. This looks so yummy, I’ll have to try this recipe out sometime! xo

    1. Enjoy Rachel

  29. Lovely and healthy what can you ask for more, will definitely add this to my lunch recipes. xx

    1. Enjoy Anna-Marie, this is full of flavour.

  30. I love a bit of cous cous but can never think of what to put with it! Looks super yum

    1. Thanks Annie it does taste great.

  31. This sounds delicious! I love Mozarella and tomatoes! Such a fresh combination!

  32. It looks amazing; I really should try making more interesting meals like this.

    1. It is nice and tasty.

  33. Couscous is one of the my favourite grains its so versatile!

  34. I love couscous! I’ve never tried cooking it in stock, that’s a great idea.

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