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Couscous with Raisins and Almonds

This Couscous with Raisins and Almonds is a light and tasty side dish or meal starter.


  • 2 tablespoons light butter, I use Land O’Lakes
  • 1 large carrot, grated (I grated mine using a box grater)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 ¼ cups reduced sodium fat free chicken broth, or vegetable broth if making vegetarian
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • A pinch of black pepper


  • Place the butter in a medium saucepan and melt over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the carrot, onion and cinnamon and stir to coat. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  • Add the couscous and raisins and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-6 minutes to “toast” the couscous. Add the broth and salt and stir. Once bubbling (this happened right away for me), cover the pan with a lid and remove from heat. Let the pan sit, covered, for about 8 minutes until the liquid is fully absorbed. Fluff the couscous with a fork. Add the orange zest, orange juice, almonds, parsley, and black pepper (to taste). Stir together and fluff again before serving.


MyWW SmartPoints per (3/4 cup) serving:(SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 6 SmartPoints/ Blue: 6 SmartPoints/ Purple: 6 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per (3/4 cup) serving (PP calculated using a WW PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)
Nutrition Information per (3/4 cup) serving:
185 calories, 31 g carbs, 5 g sugars, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 5 g protein, 3 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
Inspired by Cooks Illustrated