Recipe for Orange-Infused Whole Wheat Breakfast Couscous with Cherries, from The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook
Author Tina Ruggiero:
This recipe is for anyone who is in a breakfast rut, eating the same thing, day in and day out, just because it’s easy. Or it’s for those days when the kids are not interested in breakfast at all. My cherry couscous is just the thing to shake up the morning routine. Plump cherries, freshly squeezed orange juice and and a zing of zest gives whole wheat couscous a radical makeover, so no one will be able to resist this delicious yet wholesome treat. Thanks to their powerful antioxidants, potassium, iron and phytonutrients, cherries power up your diet and offer disease protection to boot, so get ready to fall in love with a new morning meal!
Cooks&Books&Recipes Featured Cook Katie:
I chose to try out a breakfast recipe because I am always looking for fast, healthy breakfast options that my five-year old will actually eat. She never quite wakes up enough to eat a good breakfast before school, so we are always trying to tempt her appetite with tasty, filling options. The Orange-Infused Whole Wheat Breakfast Couscous with Cherries caught my eye because I have featured a recipe for breakfast couscous on my blog. Whereas my version is creamy, spicy, and well-suited to a chilly fall morning, Ruggiero’s version is lightly-sweetened, fruity, and refreshing. This recipe comes together in only a few minutes and manages to be both filling and refreshing at the same time. It was a hit with both the children and the adults in our family, and that is quite a feat!
Orange-Infused Whole Wheat Breakfast Couscous with Cherries
Yield: 4 servings
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 (10 oz.) bag frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed
- zest and juice of 1 medium orange
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup whole wheat couscous
In a medium heavy-duty pot, combine the water, cherries, orange juice, orange zest and maple syrup. Bring to a boil over high heat, stir in the couscous and remove from the heat. Cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork and serve with extra maple syrup.
PER SERVING: calories 220, protein 8 g, total fat 1 g, carbohydrates 49 g, sodium 15 mg, fiber 7 g.
© 2013 Tina Ruggiero
Reprinted with permission from The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook: Mega-Nutritious Meals That Are Inspired, Delicious, and Fad-Free by Tina Ruggiero (Page Street Publishing).