Trying new foods

Do you like to try new foods? I never did as a kid, but now as an adult, I thrive on trying new foods. I love tempting my tastebuds with fun, different and sometimes, what I call unique foods. Unique because we don’t make them on a regular basis or are not part of our regular diet.

As many of you know, on Saturday nights, my husband and I love to cook, drink wine, play games and listen to music. It is our date night. I recently had a friend tell me that my husband and I cook as a means of entertainment. I never thought of it that way, but she was right. It is entertaining.

I said in a recent post that I wasn’t going to count points for my Saturday night food extravaganza’s but last night, when my husband and I tried a new food, another new recipe, I found myself on the computer figuring out the points. To my surprise, what we ate was actually pretty healthy.

Couscous. Besides being fun to say, it’s fun to eat and healthier than I thought. One cup of cooked couscous only has three Weight Watchers points. It has the texture and consistency I love – it reminded me of grits, which is another food I love.

The recipe we made was quite healthy, although we cut the amount of oil called for nearly in half. Although the recipe stated it made four servings, there was plenty of couscous for six servings, which is what I used when figuring out the Weight Watchers points. I scanned the recipe in, so I wouldn’t have to retype it. The Warm Couscous & Grilled Zucchini Salad recipe is pictured below, along with the directions for preparing the zucchini. After the pictures, I will explain what we did differently.

The recipe said to brush the onions with oil. We did not do this. My husband sprayed them with Pam instead and it worked just fine. Also, we used only a 1/2 tablespoon of oil for the zucchini. When I figured out points, I only put 2 tablespoons of oil because the 1/2 that was used for the zucchini I figured was burned off when grilled. We also added a little bit more juice than it called for. I think my husband squeezed the juice from half an orange over the whole dish when it was done cooking. 

We served the couscous with a grilled mahi mahi that had a raspberry chipotle marinade on it. The whole meal was fantastic. Here is the picture I took when it was on my plate:


We had leftover couscous, which I ate today for lunch. It tasted just as good warmed up in the microwave as it did last night. Couscous is something that will definitely become a part of our regular food repertoire!

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