Savoury Whole Wheat Cous Cous
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Serves: 4 to 6 serves

Stored and ready to serve

This is a very simple accompaniment to meals, which can be prepared well in advance and served either hot or cold.

You can add any flavours you like, but the ones listed work really well and won’t compete with your main dish.
  • 1 cup whole wheat cous cous (if you can’t get whole wheat, plain is fine)
  • 1-1/2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbls veggie stock paste (if you don’t have any use stock instead of water)
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • ½ red onion, very finely chopped
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup dried dates, finely sliced
  • zest 2 lemons
  • 2 tbls lemon juice - add more if you like it really lemony (like me!)
  • sea salt flakes and pepper to taste
  1. Place cous cous into a heat proof bowl
  2. Add olive oil and veggie stock paste (if using) and stir through
  3. Pour over boiling water, cover and let sit for 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients
  4. After ten minutes lightly stir cous cous with a fork, allow to cool for 10 minutes before adding all the other ingredients (check seasoning and if wished, add more lemon juice ... I like mine really lemony)
  5. Serve straight away or store in the fridge until ready to use
  6. Reheat is you wish to serve hot, or can be served cold
  7. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days without spoiling
Recipe by The Passionate Pantry at