Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous -Tabbouleh with Halloumi
It’s been a while since I shared a new 5:2 diet recipe, but I hope I’ve made up for my tardiness with the recipe I’m sharing today, a recipe that I have been making for about 5 or 6 years, from my “Pig to Twig” diet days. (The Pig to Twig diet is basically a low-carb diet where cauliflower is used in place of potatoes in many of the recipes on the diet) I LOVE couscous and tabbouleh, it’s such a great vehicle for spices, herbs, aromatic broths, sauces, grilled meats, tagines, grilled fish and cheese, but due to its hefty colorie count, it’s off limit for diet days – so enter a lower calorie alternative, cauliflower couscous or tabbouleh.
Today’s recipe couldn’t be easier and it’s a VERY low 56 calories per portion or 176 calories per portion with the Halloumi cheese. If you have a food processor and a microwave, then this can be on the table in about 20 minutes, and, although it’s very tasty when eaten warm, it also makes a flavourful cold salad for the office lunch box too. If you don’t have or cook in a microwave, then just pop it all in a covered pan and simmer it on top of the stove……it cooks in under 15 minutes as the cauliflower grains are so small.
As well as cauliflower, which is the main ingredient, this recipe also has carrot, onion, garlic, tomatoes and rocket leaves in it, giving you a FABULOUS three of your five-a-day in one serving! Adding the Halloumi cheese adds essential protein and still makes it a low-calorie and yet very filling meal for a 5:2 diet fast day. I served this to my husband who was extremely sceptical when he’d heard what I was making, and he loved it so much that he has requested that I make it again, which is praise indeed, as he is very picky.
So, why pick cauliflower over couscous or tabbouleh? Well, apart from the obvious five-a-day benefits, it’s all about calories, as I mentioned above and as my list shows below:
160g cooked couscous = 180 calories
160g cooked tabbouleh = 190 calories
160g cooked cauliflower = 38 calories
A big bowl of this with Halloumi cheese is only 176 calories, which will still leave you with 324 calories (for women or 424 calories for men) for the rest of the day, so you could indulge in one of the following meals:
And my other CAULIFLOWER recipes for the 5:2 Diet are:
I hope you manage to try my latest recipe for Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous – Tabbouleh with Halloumi; it’s a great way to save on diet day calories and yet makes a filling and very tasty meal. Make a batch at the beginning of the week and you will also have a week’s worth of lunch box meals, as the cauliflower couscous/tabbouleh lasts for up to 4 or 5 days in the fridge. Do let me know if you make it and if you enjoyed it, Karen