I’m not sure I can really call this a recipe, but it is my favorite thing to make for lunch. My children are all school age, so I’m on my own for lunch. I really enjoy this combination of foods and can vary it when I get bored. So here are the basics:
whole wheat couscous
black beans, rinsed
Let’s start with the couscous. It has become one of my favorite side dishes. Couscous is actually a very small pasta. It cooks quickly, will take on any flavor and packs a whopping 5 grams of fiber per serving. Sometimes I will make up a whole box at once and refrigerate what I don’t use that day, but usually I make one serving at a time. It is so simple. Just add 1/3 cup dry couscous to 1/2 cup boiling water. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. I like to add chicken bouillon to my water for flavor. You could add any herbs or spices or even a touch of butter. 1/3 cup dry couscous = 1 1/4 cup cooked
I love black beans. I drain and rinse a whole can and keep them in a plastic container in the refrigerator. They pack a fiber punch as well. I usually use about 1/2 cup.
Diced tomatoes are so versatile. I like to use the petite diced tomatoes with sweet onions. I use the diced tomatoes with chilies when I want a bit of a kick. You could use Italian, Mexican, etc. to suite your craving for the day. I drain the liquid and store the extras in a plastic container in the refrigerator until the next day. I usually use about 1/2 cup.
I really love the sweet onions. They add a little crunch and flavor.
I use fat free feta cheese. I like the flavor and the lower calories. You could use any type of cheese that suits your fancy 🙂 I usually use about 1/4 cup.
I add a little coarse kosher salt too. I admit I am addicted to salt.
Other topping ideas would be:
diced green or red peppers
chopped cooked chicken, ham, steak etc.
Chow mein noodles
any type of cooked bean
etc, etc, etc.