Couscous with Cremini Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Parmesan

Couscous with Cremini Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Parmesan is easy to make  yet the fabulous menu item you have been waiting for. Simple and deliciously made from Couscous, cremini mushrooms, low-sodium chicken broth, authentic olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary to have you in and out of the kitchen with ease.

Quinoa and couscous look very similar, however, they differ somewhat in nutritional value. Couscous looks healthy and to an extent it is,  yet couscous is  considered to be a simple carb, with nutritional value similar to a white pasta. Couscous is said by food critics to have a trendy reputation as a health food because of its popular use among vegetarians and Hipsters alike.

CousCous Cremini mushrooms Rosemary ParmesanI have to tell you I’ve been eating couscous for years; not because  I’m a Vegan, trendy Hipster, or anything remotely similar, I grew up with this delicious menu item lurking in my pantry and loved every minute of it.

What are the actual health benefits of couscous?

  • Protein: Protein helps repair and build tissues in your body. Protein plays a very important role in replacing dead cells in your body. Aside from that, it helps boosts your immune system. There are about 6 g of protein a single cup-sized serving of couscous.
  • Choline: Another important nutrient found in couscous is choline. It makes important contributions to your metabolism, brain, liver, and nerve functions. 1 cup of couscous has 5.2mg of choline. The RDA for males of choline is 550mg for adult males and 450mg for women.
  • Folate: Folate helps in the production of your red blood cells and it helps in preventing stroke and heart disease.
  • Calcium: Calcium is very important for your bones and teeth, and it prevents osteoporosis. It keeps your skin healthy and it helps in lowering your blood pressure. Calcium also helps prevent insomnia and heart disease.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium helps keep up normal blood pressure and prevents cardiovascular disease. Magnesium is also beneficial in treating people with diabetes, migraines, and depression.
  • Potassium: Potassium is very important because it helps reduce stress, anxiety, by helping to regulate normal blood pressure, and promoting healthy brain function. One serving of couscous provides 76 mg potassium.
  • Selenium: Selenium is a good anti-oxidant for the body because it helps fight cancer and it is necessary for a strong immune system. A 1-cup serving of couscous provides 43 mcg of selenium or 61 percent of the 70 mcg FDA daily value.

Where does couscous fall short with some critics?

  • Couscous lacks the variety of nutrients found in what are considered true whole grains like farro, brown rice, Bulgar, or amaranth. If you eat it regularly instead of whole grains you could be missing out on some important nutrients.
  • Couscous also has a higher glycemic index than other whole grains, weighing in at 65, while brown rice has a GI of 50 and bulgur 48. Diabetics may be better off choosing lower glycemic index foods to help keep up better blood sugar control

Couscous with Cremini Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Parmesan

  • 1 tablespoon of authentic olive oil +1 reserved for couscous
  • 1 cup of sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 3 cloves of garlic sliced
  • 3 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped rosemary
  • 2 cups of couscous
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1/2  of a cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground peppercorns to own taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley optional

Directions 

  1. Place a metal skillet on medium heat; add 1 tablespoon of authentic olive oil, 1 cup of sliced cremini mushrooms and 3 cloves of sliced garlic cook for about 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add 3 cups of low-sodium chicken broth to metal skillet, juice of 1 fresh lemon,  and 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped rosemary bring to a boil.
  3. Once the chicken broth comes to a boil, add 2 cups of couscous, 1 tablespoon of real butter, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese,kosher salt, freshly ground peppercorns to own taste; stir, then place a tight-fitting lid on couscous, remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Once 5 minutes has passed remove the lid and fluff up couscous with a fork before serving.
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley
  6. Enjoy!

 

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