I'd forgotten all about couscous until we went camping last week and it's going into our dinner rotation from here on out since you only need to boil water to prepare it! Since the pasta grains are so small, they soften as they sit in the hot water, and with a little stir, a bit of butter and some Parmesan cheese or salt, you have a super simple dinner component ready to go.
Here's the full scoop on this meal:
- Whole wheat couscous: place couscous into a bowl, cover with a scant inch boiling water, and cover. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir in butter (or olive oil) and a little Parmesan or salt.
- Tuna salad: We don't eat a lot of tuna given the mercury concerns—we eat canned wild salmon more often—but every once in a while we enjoy it. This is mixed with some mayo, Dijon mustard, and relish.
- Carrots: I shredded the carrots with a veggie peeler to make them easy to chew. (My daughter then got really upset since she them whole, which are still a little tricky for her to eat.)
- Peaches and plums: This is 1/3 of a medium peach and 1/3 of a small plum, chopped.
L didn't quite believe me that the couscous was pasta, but she seemed to like it once she worked up the courage to taste it. And she wasn't sold on the tuna salad, but she was really ready for her nap during this meal, so we'll try again another day! Toddlers and little kids can be pretty finicky at the table, but I try not to let it get to me and just take it in stride as part of normal life with a small person.
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