Now that I’ve explained what “college student” recipes means, here’s the first one.  And one of my favorite.

It takes only a few minutes, but anyone can make this.

  • 1 cup of dry couscous
  • 1 cup of chicken broth (or plain tap water works)
  • 2 cups of frozen spinach (I love spinach but you can change this amount to whatever)
  • 1 cup of canned black beans, drained (optional but good if you want to add protein)
  • Salt & Pepper

Make your couscous according to the package directions.  Usually, the instructions are to boil 1 cup of water.  Then add your 1 cup of dry couscous.  Remove from heat and cover.  Let stand for 5 minutes.  You can do this in the microwave too. 

Now put your frozen spinach in the microwave and heat until hot (about 5 minutes). 

OPT: Add the black beans and heat until hot (about 3 minutes).

By the time your spinach and beans are hot, your couscous is probably done as well.  Fluff the couscous with a fork.  Put the couscous into the same spinach and bean bowl.  Mix and add salt and pepper to taste.  I also like to add cayenne pepper sometimes to add a little heat.

Spinach Couscous

Enjoy your healthy dinner.  Plus, it’ll be perfect for lunch either hot or cold the next day.  If you’re going to re-heat, add a little water beforehand.