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Is cous cous with roast vegetables a nutritionally balanced lunch?

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PrincessRagnhild Mon 11-Feb-13 14:53:41

I am trying to have fewer sandwiches for lunch, as they always seem too heavy and bready. Does cous cous and roast veg (e.g. peppers, aubergine, sweet potato, fresh coriander) sound like a good lunch, or does it need more protein?

elfycat Mon 11-Feb-13 15:12:19

Sounds perfect (and I'm changing tonight's supper...)

As long as there's protein elsewhere in the day I can't see anything wrong with this.

PrincessRagnhild Mon 11-Feb-13 15:13:53

That's what I thought. I eat plenty of meat, cheese and fish during other meals - need to train myself out of the habit of needing them with every meal! Glad you were inspired anyway smile

Startail Mon 11-Feb-13 15:19:52


ArbitraryUsername Mon 11-Feb-13 15:23:23

If you're actually worried about protein (and it doesn't sound like you are) you could throw in some nuts or seeds with it. Would give it some crunch as well as protein.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 11-Feb-13 15:25:29

Add some chickpeas in with the cuscus smile

neolara Mon 11-Feb-13 15:26:58

We add toasted pine nuts to the couscous and also add some cheese to the veg.

LoonyRationalist Mon 11-Feb-13 15:41:33

I agree with the chickpeas suggestion, without them I would be feeling hungry again after an hour.

iMum Mon 11-Feb-13 15:42:47

oven roast the chickpeas!!

PrincessRagnhild Mon 11-Feb-13 15:47:59

I don't like chickpeas! I hate the texture of pulses. Otherwise, good suggestion. Nuts and seeds are a great idea, thanks.

I am not hungry this afternoon after having it for lunch, so maybe the lack of protein is not going to be a problem.

FantasticDay Mon 11-Feb-13 15:51:18

How about braised tofu? Or a bit of smoked salmon? Small cubes of feta cheese? Making myself hungry now!

PrincessRagnhild Mon 11-Feb-13 16:08:46

Mmm, smoked salmon, I hadn't thought of that. Am trying to eat less cheese, otherwise i would definitely go for feta.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 11-Feb-13 19:48:33

Feta or chickpeas would be my protein of choice for a meal like that. Or some falafel and/or yoghurt dip alongside.

MrsTittleMouse Mon 11-Feb-13 19:53:36

I'd add hummus or yoghurt (mixed with some mint or coriander if you want to be fancy).

TheSecondComing Mon 11-Feb-13 19:54:57

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imtheonlyone Mon 11-Feb-13 19:59:12

Sounds a lovely lunch! Who says we have to have protein at every meal? We often have roasted veg and cous cous for our din dins. Normally would have it with a piece of fish or lamb with harrisa paste ... But sometimes just on its own if the fridge is bare and there's nothing in!!

Pine nuts in it sounds yum, I'm gonna try that next time!

elfycat Mon 11-Feb-13 21:48:04

Well we had roasted veg couscous with a cheese tart for supper tonight. DDs (2 and 4) and DH thought it was lovely so thank you!

whimsicalname Mon 11-Feb-13 23:39:41

You could use quinoa instead of couscous. It has higher protein in it.

colditz Mon 11-Feb-13 23:41:44

I like feta cheese with cous cous and roasted veg.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Mon 11-Feb-13 23:42:01

People recommend protein with every meal because it helps you to feel fuller for longer. Plus it is good for your hair, or so,I have been told.

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