What’s for dinner? My go-to dinner is a one pot meal of couscous and bulgur with peas. Both these grains are fast cooking and healthy. Boil about 4 cups of veggie or chicken broth, reduce to a simmer and add 1 cup of couscous and 1 cup of bulgur. Couscous is a light, fluffy grain when cooked and bulgur is dark and heavy, so they work well together. It only takes about 10 minutes of simmering before the grains have absorbed all the broth. I usually have to add another 1/2 cup of broth to make it moist and fluffy.
I usually add about 1 to 1.5 cups of frozen peas after the grains are cooked. I detest overcooked, discolored peas. Mixing in the frozen peas at the end to sit in the pot with the lid on (burner off) is usually enough to warm up the frozen peas sufficiently. If you so choose, you can add in some leftover meat. Here I added some chopped up rotisserie chicken from the night before. This is a picture I posted on Instagram last week. I stirred in the chopped chicken at the end along with the frozen peas.
This meal is very simple, cheap and toddler approved. Worst case, they pull out the chicken and peas! This meal was also hubby approved and I think he’s more picky than my toddler. The next morning, I heated the mixture up with a few scrambled eggs and parmesan cheese in the frying pan. You can also add a few tablespoons of olive oil, patty the mixture into couscous cakes and pan fry them. Keep it simple my friends.
ONE POT MEAL: Couscous, Bulgur and Peas
4.5 cups of broth (veggie or chicken)
1 cup of bulgur
1 cup of couscous
1 to 1.5 cups frozen peas
*chopped cooked chicken (or any cooked leftovers)