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Saffron Couscous

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  • Servings:

    4 (198 g) as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    10 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    15 minutes


If you don't have currants on hand, substitute raisins to get the sweet, fruity burst in this luxuriously simple couscous. Saffron is a luxury item, we know, but a pinch of turmeric gives a similar color for a lovely dish. Serve with your favorite Mediterranean or Middle Eastern main courses in place of rice. 
1 1/2 c. whole-grain couscous
1 1/2 c. low-sodium vegetable stock
Large pinch of saffron
1/2 c. currants
1/2 bunch scallions, chopped
1/2 c. black olives, pitted and slivered
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Saffron Couscous


1. Put couscous in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, bring stock and saffron to a boil.2. Pour stock over couscous, stir once or twice, and cover bowl tightly with a plate or aluminum foil. Let sit 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.3. Add currants, scallions, olives and pepper. Toss to mix well; serve immediately.


Nutritional Facts
Servings 4 (198 g)
Base Nutrients
Calories 281 kcal (14%)
Calories from Fat 21 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 2 g (4%)
Saturated Fat 0 g (2%)
Cholesterol 0 mg (0%)
Sodium 181 mg (8%)
Total Carbohydrates 55 g (18%)
Dietary Fiber 5 g (20%)
Protein 9 g (15%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C 8 mg (9%)
Calcium 54 mg (4%)
Iron 2 mg (9%)