Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad

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I have no idea where this idea came from. I was hungry. It was lunch. I had Brussels Sprouts.

That was all the catalyst I needed.:)

I decided to use a slice of real bacon to add flavor and little fat that would help sauté the sprouts. I’m trying not to fear the traditional “off limit” foods of typical diets. One slice of bacon is not going to kill me.

The result was fun, tasty, and pretty. Oh! and surprisingly filling. I’m guessing from the higher fat content. Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad

Here’s what I did…

  • 1oz Uncooked Whole Wheat Couscous (28g)
  • 1oz Boiling Water
  • 15 Brussels Sprouts (about 225g)
  • 1 Slice of Bacon cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • Kosher Salt
  • 3 Walnut Halves chopped (7g)

Add the couscous and boiling water to a small container that you can cover tightly with plastic wrap. It will “cook” while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Cut the tips off the Brussels Sprouts and run a knife through them creating small slices. They don’t have to be perfect. Just a loose chop is fine.

Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad - step 1

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high and brown the bacon.

Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad - step 2

Add the cut Brussels Sprouts.

Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad - step 3

Toss the sprouts and cook for 2-3 minutes. Now add a tablespoon of water and cover for 2-3 minutes.

Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad - step 4

This will help steam the Brussels sprouts, cooking them faster.

While the Brussels Sprouts are steaming, uncover and fluff the couscous with a fork. .

Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad - couscous

Uncover the sprouts and sprinkle liberally with salt. Then toss a few times.

Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad - step 6

Shut off the heat, add the couscous and walnuts.

Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad - step 7

Toss everything together and eat!

Warm Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad - all done!

It was delish!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
295 10g 12g old: 6 new: 8
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
7g 2g 43g 15g
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8 Comments and 0 Replies

  1. Casey

    This looks amazing. I love brussel sprouts.

    My problem would be buying a lb of bacon and only taking out one slice! Bacon is my krytonite.

  2. roni

    Totally hear you!

    I actually buy a pack and then separate it into small portions (someone slices) and freeze them. Works like a charm and only takes 10 second to defrost enough in the microwave before frying!

    If you really don’t trust yourself, use some bacon bits and a bit of spray. it would still be good!

    Hope that helps!

  3. Sheriese

    I have brussels sprouts, bacon and couscous… but I would never have thought to put them together! Brilliant! Thanks for the fantastic idea :)

  4. Nancy

    I love bacon and brussels sprouts together. Never thought about putting them with couscous, but I love that also and going to try. Thanks for the recipe!

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