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Anytime Couscous

Anytime Couscous | YUM eating

Did everyone survive the 4th of July weekend?

I have a feeling a lot of you are coming down from a meat coma 😉  Perhaps some of you a bit of an alcohol one, too (LOL)

Either way, I have just the (super simple) recipe for that! Welcome to #meatlessmonday ! 

I’m a big fan of couscous. I use couscous in place of rice for a lot of dishes I eat personally. Mr. YUM isn’t sold on couscous, but I’m still working on him. Couscous is a staple food throughout Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and even Sicily. The first time I had couscous was about 20 years ago when I was living in Stillwater, OK and attending OSU. We had one of the largest international student programs due to our sister schools overseas. The college put on many multicultural events and of course, I always welcomed the food nights. One of my study buddies was from Algeria; coolest dude ever, and he made this spicy couscous dish that was so awesome I’ve never been able to replicate it.

I like couscous because even though it’s a high carb item and I do try to watch my carbs, it’s a slow carb. Meaning, its low glycemic index (GI) which is a lot better for me to manage my PCOS.


When I make couscous I like to keep things simple. Which is why this recipe is perfect for any time of day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a side; it’s ready in a matter of minutes.

Just like my grits, I use the quick cook style. Boil water, pour in and 3 minutes later it’s done. That’s about the same length of time it takes to fry an egg. The egg, of course, is optional. But I love my farm fresh eggs from the farmers market. #yolkporn is real y’all

Anytime Couscous | YUM eating

This recipe is a little different with the couscous. Instead of just plopping it into some boiling water and getting it ready for consumption, we are going to add a step. First, we are going to toast the couscous prior to boiling. Takes just mere minutes and presto! toasted couscous.

Then you’ll cook your couscous according to the package directions. While the couscous is cooking, you can work on your egg.

The secret to this couscous recipe is that you aren’t cooking it in boiled water; you are cooking it in chicken stock.

Place some couscous in a bowl and top with an egg.

I like to add a little sriracha to mine. #nomnom

Anytime Couscous | YUM eating



I eat Anytime Couscous for breakfast and I’ve had it for dinner. It has so many wonderful, yummy flavors that it works for any meal. You can swap out the chicken stock for beef or vegetable, experiment with different seasonings and cheeses and even add different toppings instead of an egg.

Anytime Couscous

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
Servings 1


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 c couscous
  • 1/2 c chicken stock
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper or Cajun seasoning
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c 2% cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp milk of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • sriracha optional
  • non stick pan


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add your dry couscous.
  • Using a wooden spoon stir the couscous and toast until golden brown; about 3-4 minutes.
  • In same pan add the chicken broth, dash of salt, dash of pepper - to your taste.
  • Then add the garlic powder and cayenne pepper to your tastes.
  • While the couscous is cooking prepare your egg to your desired preference.
  • When the couscous is done add the cheeses and milk.
  • Stir well.
  • Plate and then add your egg.



Whats your favorite way to enjoy couscous?

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  1. I haven’t had couscous in a long time! My daughter and I have a running joke about it because it was on a Nancy Drew game that we played when she was younger. Whenever I see couscous it reminds me of that game!

  2. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never actually had coucous. I know, I know … it’s like I’ve been living under a rock. But I’ve seen so many great recipes lately, I’ll have to make a concerted effort to try it in the very near future.

  3. I haven’t had couscous in such a long time! I used to eat it a lot but my family are not fans. I think I’ll have to whip this up for lunch one day this week!

  4. This is what makes couscous so great. It’s a perfect compliment to almost anything. I’ve never tried it topped with egg before. I can’t wait to see how it tastes!

  5. I also have PCOS and find that I manage it best when I eat as clean as possible. Couscous is definitely a good idea and right up that alley.

  6. Oh, once again, you are sharing something YUMMY. Of course. We had a great 4th of July weekend, I had the Friday off and so we spent it up in Killington VT for review of their adventure center and resort. Was a blast!

  7. I love the stuff to. i have no clue how to prepare it. Except the one brand of prepared boxes at walmart.

  8. I do like couscous, but my husband doesn’t care for it so I don’t make it often. I usually just order it when I’m eating out. You’ve got me wanting to make it again soon.

  9. I have not had a lot of couscous but am completely open to trying it more. I’ll have to try this recipe though because it really sounds simple.

  10. Honestly I am not a big fan of Couscous, but maybe it was the preparation, not all hands are alike, so I will often retry something a few times before I completely write it off. I guess since I have had only had it once and it was at an event being held at a restaurant I need to give it another go.

  11. Looks like a great recipe. I need to make it again for my family. They didn’t care for it the first time I made it but I just had it alone so maybe if I try your idea it will be a hit with them.

  12. I feel like I must be the only person in the world who has never eaten couscous… but I haven’t. I do love eggs, but never would have thought to eat them this way. I’m definitely intrigued and want to give this a try.

  13. I have never tried couscous. Actually, I wasn’t even sure what it was until I saw your post. It does look tasty, so maybe I will give it a try.

  14. I’ve read about couscous before and was thinking of trying it, but never got around to doing it. Life’s been so hectic. Thanks for reminding me. 🙂

  15. I haven’t prepared couscous in ages. This recipe seems so delicious and easy to make. Looks like I have an excuse to revisit this tasty and healthy food.

  16. I like that you mentioned using chicken stock instead of water. That is how I make my quinoa too. I think it adds a little flavor. I’ll have to try your Anytime Couscous soon!

    Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags party this week. I’ve pinned your post to the group board. Hope to see you again next week.

  17. Omg now this looks super yummy! I just love couscous. So need to try this recipe myself. Too yummy.

  18. I have PCOS too and it sucks. I’ve only had couscous made by someone from France, and it was awesome. I don’t know if I can make it myself to taste like hers!

  19. Love this! I am going to totally follow your blog. I have PCOS and it sucks! 8 years of infertility and its been a huge rollercoaster.

  20. This looks and sounds delicious indeed but I have never heard of couscous. I am going to have to check this out for sure and try this recipe. I love the idea of using chicken stock instead of water. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I like couscous, but I’ve never thought of eating it like this. I’m going to have to try this some morning! I usually have scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese, so this would be a nice change!

  22. This looks really good!! I have never made couscous before but yours looks really good! I love anything with a fried egg on top 🙂

  23. I love Sriracha, just picked another bottle up today. I still haven’t really found a liking for couscous yet though…maybe this will be it!

  24. I love couscous for its simplicity and versatility! I really like your recipe! I can almost smell the wonderful flavors from here! I could enjoy couscous for breakfast, lunch and dinner too! I like my couscous with chili!

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