I’ve been enjoying these Couscous snacky lunchbox bites for a couple of weeks now. But I’ve been using a packet mix to make them, with added flavourings. I’ve had some lemon and coriander packet mixes in the cupboard for ages, from an approved foods order. That’s all gone now, so I thought I’d explore making them from scratch. You know me, I don’t use ready made stuff if I can avoid it.
Priced at Asda April 2018
Couscous Snacky Lunchbox Bites
100g couscous, 65p/500g, 13p 150ml boiling water 8 olives, chopped, 59p/310g, 10p 100g cooked brown lentils (33g if uncooked), Natco £1.06/kg, 9p 3 eggs, £1.65/12, 41p 3 tblsps tomato purée, 37p/200g, 8p 1 tblsp soy sauce, 49p/150ml, 5p 1 tblsp fish sauce, £1.68/50ml, 17p 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper 1 tblsp vinegar, I used some from an empty jar of pickled onions
Total cost £1.03, 8p each (12) Total nutrition 656 calories, 89g carbs, 21g fat, 33g protein
For each couscous bite (12) 55 calories, 7g carbs, 2g fat, 3g protein Free on Slimming World, other than 1.5 Syns for the olives spread between the 12 bites
Put the couscous in a heatproof bowl and pour on the 150ml boiling water. Leave to soak for a couple of minutes.
Now simply mix in everything else. Lightly oil some patty tins. If you are following Slimming World, you can use Frylight. Personally, I don’t like the effect that has on my pots and pans, so I use a silicone brush and wipe a very thin layer on using that.
Bake at 180c for about 25 minutes. Once cooled, store in the fridge and use within a week. Or wrap well and freeze.
These are very yummy, and in fact, I think they are better than when I used a packet mix! The tomato and fish sauce in particular contribute to a beautifully savoury flavour, and it is the tomato that is giving these particular bites their lovely deep red colour I was surprised how much the fish sauce costed out to, so miss it out if you need to reduce the cost as much as poss, or if you are vegetarian of course. These little couscous snacky things are great kept in the fridge to have one or two when a hungry moment strikes. Or include them in a lovely salad lunch or dinner. They would be great in a packed lunch too, for both children and adults. The olives are 1.5 slimming world Syns, shared between 12 patties, that’s infinitesimal and I wouldn’t bother to count them. Other than that, the version I’ve made here is Free. It might interest you to know that plain couscous is about 13p per 100g dried weight, whereas own brand flavoured is about 38p per 100g, 3 times as much. And the branded stuff is about 80p per 100g, a whopping 6 times as much as the unflavoured.