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Trader Joe's Israeli Couscous - Healthy Version


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  • 2 Tbs butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion, or pearl onions
  • A few shakes of ginger
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat Israeli / pearl couscous
  • 1/2 large cinnamon stick (or a couple shakes cinnamon)
  • 1 fresh or dried bay leaf
  • 1.75 cups low sodium chicken broth (I use low sodium better than buillion)
  • 1/2 tsp low sodium salt
  • 1/4 cup parsley or cilantro, minced
  • zest of 1/2 lemon (or a few shakes of lime/lemon juice)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • Black pepper, to taste


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Step 1

Melt 1 Tbs butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add nuts and stir until golden brown. Transfer to a small bowl.

Melt remaining 1 Tbs of butter in the same pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until golden. Add couscous, fresh spices and bay leaf, and stir often until couscous browns slightly. Add broth, dry spices and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender.

Remove from heat and stir in cilantro, nuts and lemon zest. Add the reaisins for a savory sweet taste. Season with black pepper to taste.

Serving Size: 1/3 cup each - about 4 servings
Nutrition Info
Calories: 381.8
Fat: 12.9g
Carbohydrates: 55.2g
Protein: 12.5g


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