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Garlic Butter Couscous with Mushrooms, Onions, and Spinach

I've always been a fan of the boxed couscous that you can find in the grocery store since I was a kid. As I've gotten older I've been paying more attention to what foods I eat and how. This year, I've been cutting down on the few highly processed foods that I've gotten used to having for occasional dinners like Hamburger Helper, Knorr Sides, canned beans, and the box couscous because I have to watch my sodium intake. As a result, I've been learning how to cook dried beans and dry couscous as well as different ways to use them for healthier recipes. This recipe is the result of me starting to experiment with dry couscous and my goal of creating more grain side dish recipes in general. If you love couscous and want to try an easy recipe with fresh vegetables that can be done in under 15 minutes, this recipe is for you!


-1 cup dry couscous

-1 cup fresh spinach

-1 cup chopped baby bella mushrooms

-1/2 cup chopped red or yellow onions

-4 tbs. butter or margarine

-1 tbs. olive oil

-1/2 tsp. garlic salt

-1/4 tsp. black pepper

-parmesan to taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan on med-high heat. Add onions and mushrooms to cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in the spinach until it starts to wilt and turn off heat.

  2. In a pot, cook couscous according to package directions. Melt butter/or margarine. Combine couscous, seasonings, and vegetables. Serve with parmesan and your favorite chicken or fish dish. Enjoy!

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