Monday Motivation: Couscous Three Ways

MONDAY MOTIVATION: COUSCOUS THREE WAYS

Introducing a new series to La Bella, aimed to bring you motivation and inspiration on how to live a sustainably healthy and happy life!

The first Monday of a new month brings the potential for change and new beginnings; welcome to Monday Motivation, a new series of posts aimed at dropping inspiration into your inbox on a Monday morning and helping you to get every new week off to a good start. 

With the Monday Motivation series, I hope to help provide some inspiration and motivation on how to live and eat healthier and therefore feel happier at the same time. The series will included food for thought, recipes for healthy meals as well as so much more! So, if you don’t want to miss out on your weekly dose of motivation, fill out the form below and subscribe to email updates:

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Let’s start things off with some healthy eating inspiration… For many working people lunchtime can be one of the tricker meals to get right in the day; waiting until lunchtime to either eat in the canteen or pop out to the shop can mean that you are presented with tempting choices when you’re already hungry. It doesn’t take much effort to pre-prepare your lunches for work the night before; however if you are the kind of person who is often too drained in the evenings to make a dinner and a lunch after a long day at work, then why not think ahead and batch prepare your lunches for a few days at a time, or even the whole week?

Couscous is a great lunch food for meal planning, it’s easy and effortless to prepare, a good source of fibre and holds in the fridge for the whole week. All you have to think about is which ingredients to add to each portion so that you mix it up a bit each day.

Couscous is one of my favourite lunch foods; there are lots of different varieties from giant couscous to wholegrain couscous. Sometimes I liked to prep ahead when preparing lunches using couscous, other times I like to make up a box of couscous and then mix a portion of it with left overs from my dinner to make my lunch for the next day. Here are three of my current favourite ways to mix my couscous for lunch. 

 Rainbow Slaw Couscous

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • butternut squash
  • carrot
  • red cabbage
  • free range egg mayonnaise 
  • pumpkin seeds

Method:

  1. Soak 1/2 cup couscous in a bowl with 1 1/2 cup boiled water for 20-25 minutes or if possible, over night. 
  2. Peel and grate the carrot, coarsely chop the red cabbage and either grate or sprialise the butternut squash. 
  3. Mix all the vegetables together in a bowl with 3-4 tablespoons of mayonnaise until everything is fully coated. 
  4. Divide the couscous into portions in lunch boxes; add 2-3 spoons of the slaw to each portion and mix through.  Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top to garnish. 

Mediterranean Style Couscous

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • red pepper
  • red onion
  • cucumber
  • rocket
  • iceberg lettuce
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar 
  • feta cheese

Method:

  1. Soak 1/2 cup couscous in a bowl with 1 1/2 cup boiled water for 20-25 minutes or if possible, over night. 
  2. Thinly slice the pepper, onion and cucumber. Chop the lettuce. Toss the pepper, onion, cucumber, lettuce and rocket together in a bowl. 
  3. Add the couscous, and mix all the ingredients together. Dress with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 
  4. Divide into portions in lunch boxes and garnish with some feta cheese. 

  

Green Couscous Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • rocket
  • cucumber
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • pumpkin seeds

Method:

  1. Soak 1/2 cup couscous in a bowl with 1 1/2 cup boiled water for 20-25 minutes or if possible, over night. 
  2. Slice the cucumber into rings.
  3. Once the couscous is soaked, divide into portions in lunch boxes. Add the cucumber, some rocket and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and drizzle with olive oil. 

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