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Lamb and Vegetable Couscous

Lamb and Vegetable Couscous

Whenever I tell someone MarocBaba is Moroccan, the conversation almost always ends up on couscous.  Even for people who have little knowledge about the country itself they know couscous.  It’s one of my favorite dishes too but not so for MarocBaba.  He never really liked it growing up and since he has been diagnosed with celiac disease he couldn’t eat it.  I’ve seen a lot of swaps for the traditional grains.  Large balls, sometimes called Israeli couscous, rice, corn grits and now there’s one more option – rice couscous! I thought it was too good to be true but Lundberg Farms has a rice couscous! (They really have a lot of different flavors but I’m partial to the straight no-flavor kind).  Most couscous sold in US supermarkets is marketed as instant.  Meaning boiling it in some water and let it steam for 5-10 minutes and voila you have couscous.  This is not the Moroccan way.  If you’re in a bind, that way works but if you really want fluffy delicious couscous grains the traditional way is the only way.

I wasn’t sure how this rice couscous was going to hold up to traditional steaming methods but I was very happy with the results!  The best part – MarocBaba loved it AND he thought it was real couscous.  He was so sure it was real couscous I had to show him the box to prove it was made from rice.  There were very few leftovers from this meal.


I hope you’ll love this recipe as much as we do!

But wait there’s more!

Lundberg Farms products are some of my favorite gluten-free items.  Now they want to provide one reader with a gift basket of their products to try! This giveaway is open to US residents and closes on February 1st.  Directions are in the Rafflecopter form below.

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  1. Hi Amanda, I got my Lundberg Farms gift basket this week! Hooray! Just checking – do I absolutely have to have a couscousierre to make this recipe. Alas, I don’t have one. Any work-arounds – other pans I can use?

  2. Wow, I’m so surprised and delighted to learn that I won the Lundberg Farms gift basket! With the recent blizzard here in the northeast, my family’s really been craving comfort foods. And I’ve been wanting to make couscous for a while but couldn’t because my husband can only eat gluten-free foods. So excited to try your lamb and veggie recipe, Amanda!

  3. I just started using the larger Israeli couscous, but had never heard of rice couscous. I like the quality of Lundberg products; there’s a great rice blend that I used to add shrimp to to make a great salad.

  4. my boys love lamb shaks and couscous :)

  5. I love the idea of rice couscous. My moroccan husband loves couscous and we usually visit our moroccan friends to have it. I can’t wait to try making it myself with this version!

  6. I’d make some couscous Mauritanian style yummy! Lamb lots of veggies, raisins,date, and couscous of course!

  7. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    I’d love to make a cold chicken salad with it!

  8. We would make traditional cous cous I especially love it with chicken, pumpkin, sweet potatoes with onion and raisin sauce on top! Yum!

  9. I love couscous, but my husband is not a fan. He does love rice though, so now I need to find this and give it a try! I am always looking for new grains to add variety to dinner.

  10. I would make bbq chicken breast with steamed broccoli and cheddar cheese couscous.

  11. Hmm, I think I would make a “traditional” couscous with dates and pine nuts like I had when I last visited Morocco. But first I think I need to buy a couscousierre (or at least, learn how to pronounce it.) :-) Seriously, Amanda, I’m very excited to try your lamb and vegetable rice couscous recipe.

  12. Jill Hartley says:

    I would love to make a couscous with mushrooms!!!! YUMMY!

  13. I would make a chicken and broccoli couscous casserole with cheddar cheese!

  14. Sheila K. says:

    I would make a ground turkey breast, chickpea, rice, and cheese casserole!

  15. Lamb AND gluten-free couscous?! This is just too good to be true! Your recipe sounds heavenly Amanda. I was so excited to catch your tweet earlier in the week about Lundberg’s couscous. When I went gluten-free, I had to give up a lot of my fave recipes. And like you, I found past gfree options less than inspiring. So excited to get back to cooking cous cous-y deliciousness. :)

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