Kid Friendly Couscous w/ Chicken & Veggies

Kids Couscous with Chicken and Vegetables

Tot Tuesday is a weekly feature where I highlight a special kids activity, frugal recipe for kids, kids tutorial, etc.

So it’s a new year and many of us have resolved/planned/decided (no matter what you call it!) to eat healthier. This doesn’t start and end with us adults though. Our children need to be eating healthier too! In an effort to expand my little ones palettes, I have resolved to try a new recipe every single week with them, whether it’s ingredients they enjoy or not. You just never know when something is going to spark an interest or open a window!

So this week, I decided to pull out one of my favorite kid cookbooks: Superfoods-For Babies and Children by Annabel Karmel.

I bought this cookbook originally when I first decided I wanted to try and make my own baby food. The book has recipes all the way up to the elementary school years however. I have several children’s cookbooks, but I do have to say that this one is my favorite.

Since this resolution (feeding the kids one new recipe a week) was kind of a new one, I had to work with what was in my pantry and fridge. I flipped through the book and found a neat little couscous recipe and decided it was worth a shot.

Now my kids have never had couscous (in fact I haven’t either…), but on a whim awhile back I purchased some. My son is not a fan of pasta or rice, so I thought it might be worth a shot to see if he would eat couscous (I’ll spoil the ending on this one…no. My daughter did though!).

Feel free to omit the chicken in this recipe and use it as a side dish.

Kid Friendly Couscous w/ Chicken & Veggies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 1 tbspn unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup diced onion (diced very small)
  • 1/2 cup diced zuchini (diced uniform to the onion)
  • 2 tomatoes peeled and diced (I used canned tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken diced uniform to veggies
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Pour over couscous (be sure to do this in a bowl with plenty of room) and let sit. Fluff with a fork when the liquid is absorbed.

2. Melt the butter in a pan and cook the onions and zucchini until fork tender. Add the tomatoes and heat through, about a minute.

3. Take the pan off the heat and add the couscous, combining the veggies and couscous.

4. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

My daughter really enjoyed this.


My son wanted no part of it! My daughter is definitely our more adventurous eater, but I’m still glad I presented the dish to my son. I think it’s important to expose even the pickiest eaters (especially the pickiest eaters!) to a wide variety of foods on  a regular basis.

He really enjoyed his yogurt at least!

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Heather

Heather is the creator and owner of Family Friendly Frugality. She calls Texas home and is married to her best friend. With 2 children 22 months apart, she has her hands full. So full that she decided to start blogging as a hobby. That hobby blew up into a full time job. Now she's got the husband, the kids and the blog. We're not exactly sure what she was thinking, but she's too busy for us to ask. Find Me On Google +

22 thoughts on “Kid Friendly Couscous w/ Chicken & Veggies”

  1. I am so excited about this recipe. I love rove but daniel doesn’t…maybe he will like this better. Gonna try it this week. All I need is the couscous.

  2. Sounds like a great recipe, and I don’t have kiddos. Think we may try it too. My hubby is always saying I need to try new reciepes.

  3. I’ve never had couscous, but that looks good. I think we’ll try it out next week. I love the kids plates! Where did you get those?

  4. Found you on MBC and had to check out your couscous post. We LOVE it at our house. In fact it’s one of the beginner foods I feed my kids because it’s so small and easy for them to eat (albeit a little hard to pick up with their cute chubby fingers!)

    Please come and check out some more kid friendly recipes.
    Aimee

    PS we love Annabel’s tomato dip recipe

  5. This is great! I hope you’ll keep linking up every Tuesday. I’m always looking for great recipes for my kids.

  6. In a medium sauce pan, bring water to a boil, stir in chicken bouillon and add couscous. Feeding Wholesale

  7. My 16 month old is super picky. A big part of that is my fault, though. I am a horrible eater (I totally forget to eat!!) and so while I have read up and “know” what he should eat, my creativity for cooking is nill. So that leaves me with a little boy who only wants to eat plain yogurt with only one kind of fruit puree and some wheat bread, lol. Nice one, Mommy!! So thanks for posting the recipe, Heather 🙂 Hope to try it today.

    Also, do you have any other healthy children cookbooks you’d recommend? I have Deceptively Delicious. Love the idea behind it (sneaking veggie purees into things they’ll eat) but have very limited success with her recipes. Thanks, again 🙂

    1. I made it for lunch today 🙂 Very good! Didn’t have good tomatoes so I used canned tomato sauce. And the veggies were so warm that I had to add some moz cheese 🙂 Stockton wouldn’t touch it but I did, lol.

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