Moroccan Couscous WINS!

Every once and awhile, I get the solid approval of the 14 year old boy and it’s the best feeling in the world.

Spiced Nuts

Many of you know I’m living with a host family right now. There’s a mom, a dad, and a 14 year old boy. Basic cooking strategy, if you can get a recipe passed by him – the rest will be easy.

You can imagine my feeling of accomplishment when I heard him say (before we ever sat down to eat), “Wow, these are really good nuts. Have you guys tried these?” as he reaches for more. And then later during the meal, “Mom, can you pass the couscous? I’d like seconds.” And when we’re cleaning up, “Don’t throw those leftovers out, I’m pretty sure I can take care of them…(pause as he realizes he’s not the only potential eater) …if nobody else does first.”

Spiced Nuts

It’s a good day. I tell you what. It’s like walking on clouds the rest of the night.

So, in case you live with a 14 year old boy OR in case one of your fully grown eaters ACTS like a 14 year old boy… try this one on them. They won’t know what hit em.

Recipe: Moroccan Couscous

healthy nut and fruit couscous


  • 2 C Whole Wheat Couscous, uncooked
  • 2 C Water
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 C mixture of raw nuts (Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios)
  • 1 C mixture of dried fruit (Cranberries, Figs, Tart Cherries, Raisins)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Red Pepper (or 1/8th if you prefer less spicy)
  • 1/3 C Maple Syrup
  • 1-2 tsp Olive Oil, drizzle for nuts


  1. Boil water, 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, and salt together in saucepan. Once boiling, add couscous. Promptly remove from heat, cover with a lid and let sit.
  2. While waiting for water to boil, start nuts in a skillet with olive oil drizzle. Toast over low/medium heat for 8 minutes, or until becoming more fragrant. Do not burn.
  3. Add dried fruit and spices. Stir well. Then add maple syrup to hot pan and stir until liquid is gone. Spices will be stuck to outside of nuts. Remove from heat. Set aside.
  4. Fluff couscous with a fork and make a crater for nuts. Do not mix into couscous or they will become less crunchy. Enjoy.

A Note to the Diabetics: This is not low calorie or low carbohydrate. 1/2 C Moroccan Couscous = 360 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate. So… make sure the rest of the food in your meal is low carb – that way you can have seconds. (Note that dried fruit, honey/syrup, and grain combinations – like this recipe and granola – will always be higher in carbohydrate compared to other combinations. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have them. You can. You just have to watch it a little closer.)

Bon Appetite!

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