Breakfast Couscous

We eat a lot of brown rice in our house. I make five to six cups a week easy.

My kids enjoy it so much, sometimes I think they'd happily eat it everyday if for some reason I decided to never cook anything else again. Obviously that's not happening, but brown rice is so healthy, I could certainly have worse problems.

My husband uses brown rice to make one of his favorites, a quick and easy rice "pudding". He warms up a cup or so of rice, stirs in vanilla rice milk, tons of cinnamon, honey, walnuts and either blueberries or raisins. He started out making it as a dessert, but quickly saw no reason why it wouldn't be just as good for breakfast. When the kids started eating it out of his bowl every morning, I knew he was on to something and by always keeping a big thing of cooked rice in the fridge, I can toss his recipe together at the last minute for breakfast, a midday snack or even as a healthy "I'm still hungry" treat after dinner.

One morning last week, everyone wanted Daddy's recipe for breakfast but I didn't have any brown rice in the fridge (this always seems to happen right at the moment everyone wants some). Being that we had to get out the door for school and work, there wasn't enough time to cook a new batch. I quickly made some fast-cooking couscous, added in some soft, sweet chopped dates and came up with my own simple yummy version that everyone in my house now loves equally. It's not only nutritious, but by putting out a few toppings for everyone to choose from, it's a fun and out of the ordinary way to get kids involved in making their breakfast their own!

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Breakfast Couscous (Makes 3-4 Servings)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 5 mins

egg free

nut free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk (any type works)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, milk, and salt and bring to a boil.

2. Stir in the couscous, dates, and cinnamon. Cover and turn off heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes.

3. Serve.

Accompaniments

honey, nuts, raisins

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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26 comments

  • Alison @Coupon Kitchen

    Hmm, very interesting! I don't like oatmeal so this is a recipe I will definitely have to try to switch up my morning breakfast choices. Thanks! Sounds delicious!

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  • Kristi

    That sounds great! I think I will make it tomorrow. We already had our eggs this morning and are in the process of making your banana wheat germ muffins.

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  • Roxanne

    We have also tried this with quinoa. Very yummy! I like the dates idea. I will have to try that with our next batch.

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  • Lisa

    Yummy! Always looking for more yummy whole-food breakfasts for my boys that don't take a lot of time to prepare since we're always in a hurry to get out the door for the bus. Thanks! We will try this probably this week.

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  • lrr3284

    Great! Couscous is one item everyone likes in our household. Can not wait to try this!

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  • Michal W

    this may be a stupid question but... is couscous whole wheat? are there different kinds? which is the best to use for this recipe?

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    • Catherine

      There are different types of couscous, and I do use Whole Wheat Couscous. Either type is fine for this recipe! :)

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    • Meleah

      I've tried this recipe with various kinds of couscous and found that a 50%/50% mix of whole wheat couscous and regular semolina couscous is my favorite combo.

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  • Emily

    I've done this with leftover quinoa when we ran out of steel cut oatmeal, and my 2 year old loved it just the same.

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  • Emily

    Maybe I should read the comments above before I post, yes?

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  • Allison

    I've been trying to incorporate a lot more brown rice into our dinner meals, but it is not going over well. Do your kids eat just plain brown rice? Or do you 'spruce' it it up somehow, or use a special recipe? Trying to increase the flavor factor, honestly I myself sometimes feel I'm eating cardboard.
    Also, have you found any techniques to make the rice fluffier? Thanks so much!

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    • Catherine

      Yes, my kids do eat brown rice! I always rinse the rice first which I find helps with cooking. Brown rice definitely takes longer to cook than white rice, on average 40-50 minutes! I know this can feel like forever, but cooking it the full time helps the brown rice become fluffier and less chewy. Also, if you find the rice is absorbing the liquid before it is finished cooking, just add some additional warm liquid to the pot. Cooking the rice in chicken or vegetable stock will give some added flavor, too!

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    • Michal W

      How about adding some sauteed onions or craisins?

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  • Kay

    Would prunes work instead of dates? I've never eaten dates so I'm not sure if the flavor is similar to prunes. Thanks.

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    • Catherine

      Prunes would work well in this! Dates are a very sweet, slightly caramel flavor. I love them, and so do the kids!

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  • Rebecca

    Just made this tonight for my 18 month old daughter and she loved it. Also switched out the dates for raisins and it turned out great.

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  • Kiyah Duffey

    A recipe like this is great because it's so versatile: substitute quinoa, millet, or amaranth for the couscous; use dried cranberries, cherries, or figs (or fresh fruit); sweeten with maple syrup, agave, or honey...possibilities are endless!

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  • Allison

    Thanks, I will try it out!

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  • Minty

    Some of the best recipes come about by happenstance! ;)

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  • Fiona

    I'm eating this right now-but with prunes because I have no dates. I can confirm that it is DELICIOUS.

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  • Katharine

    Can this be made ahead of time - does it reheat well?

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  • Jch

    The ingredients are missing? Would love to make, but I don't see the ingredients list.

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    • Catherine

      Fixed! Thanks for letting me know!

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  • Becky

    Tired this with quinoa instead of couscous. It did not turn out well

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  • Ktanya

    Just made for my 18 month old and she is devouring it! She has been protesting oatmeal and waffles for weeks. She is allergic to dairy so I made with soy milk and used orange cranberries and golden raisins . (Soaked in boiling water for 1 min to soften).Added organic honey to taste!

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