Sep 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm #1263088
Thanks to the monthly issues of an unnamed magazine I often re-do recipes featured in it. I can't help it :D
This month I took on a one pot pasta dish and a no-cook couscous salad.
Spicy Tuna Linguine
* 8 oz linguine pasta
* 1⁄2 t granulated garlic
* 1⁄4 t red pepper flakes
* 1⁄4 t ground black pepper
* 1⁄4 t dried oregano
* 2 T extra virgin olive oil (2 packets)
* 3 oz albacore tuna pouch
* 2 T dry bread crumbs
* 2 T shelf stable Parmesan cheese
Break the pasta in half and pack in a sandwich bag. In a snack size bag pack the seasoning blend. In a second snack bag combine the bread crumbs and cheese. Tuck in the oil packets and tuna pouch.
Add the oil to the snack bag with the seasoning, seal the bag and gently massage the bag to combine. Let sit while you prepare the pasta.
Bring 4 cups water to a boil, add in the pasta and cook for time on package, around 9 minutes. Reserve a little of the pasta water, drain off the rest.
Toss the pasta with the tuna and flavored oil, toss again with the breadcrumb mixture. Add reserved water as needed to coat the pasta.
This recipe is one of our "Recipe Re-Do's". The original recipe called for a pouch of tuna in oil. While I often use small cans of tuna packed in olive oil I have never come across it in pouches. If any of our readers have found this please let us know. Albacore pouches though are easy to find, nearly all stores carry them.
Instead of heating up the oil and spices at the end in the pot we let them infuse while the pasta cooked. To save a dirty pot by all means after cooking the pasta you can toss everything together in a new gallon size freezer bag.
We added in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese at the end give the pasta a great coating and 'finish' the meal. We used plain, Italian flavor would also be great: http://www.progressofoods.com/?View=OurProducts_Foods
Nutritional stats per serving, recipe makes two servings (based on products we used):
637 calories, 19.5 grams fat, 26 grams protein, 4.5 grams fiber.
No-Cook Chicken Cranberry Couscous Salad
* 1 c couscous
* 1⁄2 c dried cranberries
* 1⁄4 c roasted sunflower seeds
* 7 oz pouch chicken breast
* 1 pkt shelf stable salad dressing
* 1 1⁄4 c cold water
Pack the couscous and cranberries in a quart freezer bag. Put the sunflower seeds in a small bag and tuck with the chicken and dressing packets.
Add 1 1/4 cups cool water to the bag, sealing tightly. Let sit for about 30 minutes or until fully rehydrated. Fluff up, stir in the chicken, dressing and sunflower seeds.
This is one of our "recipe re-do's" gleaned. The original recipe called for:
A 'box of couscous', which isn't overly helpful as couscous comes in boxes ranging from 7 to 16 ounces! We dialed in what would serve 2. The 1 cup equals a shy 7 ounces weighed.
Olive oil – the recipe doesn't need it with the dressing and we figured how much dressing as well works.
An extended sit time of nearly 24 hours – couscous rehydrates in 30 minutes or less, no reason to risk food poisoning! If in very cold temperatures you will want to consider using warm water (if in winter, in the snow for example). You can also make this a warm meal by all means, using warm water and letting sit for 15 minutes, then proceeding.
We used a Sesame Asian dressing but you can use anything that sounds good – you will want a shelf stable packet of about 1 1/2 ounces or 3 Tbsp worth. See here for a good selection:
Nutritional Stats per serving, makes 2 servings total (Based on what we used): 700 calories, 13 grams fat, 5 grams fiber, 54.5 grams protein, 725 mg sodium
Enjoy!Sep 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm #1645548
@cadyakLocale: southwest georgia
I made the couscous for my wife and I and it turned out great.
I could eat it every day. I always carry couscous because it packs so well and adapts to any shape.
Thanks for posting the recipe. The dressing really made it.Sep 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm #1645551
> The original recipe called for a pouch of tuna in oil. While I often use small cans of tuna packed in olive oil I have never come across it in pouches. If any of our readers have found this please let us know.
My local Walmart has Starkist 2.6 oz pouches of chunk light tuna with sunflower oil. Not sure why they don't use olive like the cans.Sep 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm #1645564
Could the spicy tuna be an FBC meal?Sep 14, 2010 at 4:18 pm #1645585
Joe…I think it could work FBC with precooked and dryed pasta :-)
Michael – awesome! Will look! Bet sunflower is cheaper for them than olive. The canned version with a pop-top lid has olive (though I have also seen it with other oils).
I love couscous too! So does Kirk – so more salads (or shall I say…no cook couscous!) will be coming :-)Sep 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm #1645595
I haven't acquired the "taste" for its texture yet. I have fiddled with a few of your recipes and the grainy feel always turns me off. They taste ok – it's just a psychological thing I guess.Sep 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm #1645636
Couscous is definitely one of those 'love it or hate it' things. You might try Near East brand though – I have found it to have an extremely better texture than many other brands. And don't get whole wheat either.Sep 15, 2010 at 7:13 am #1645745
Laurie Ann MarchMember
@laurie_annLocale: Ontario, Canada
If you don't like Moroccan couscous which is the more popular kind of couscous then try Israeli couscous also known as pearl couscous. It feels more like pasta in the mouth and doesn't have the grainy.Sep 15, 2010 at 7:41 am #1645758
@cadyakLocale: southwest georgia
The texture to me is the best part of couscous. It is so easy to grab a big spoonful of it. I normally take a couple of foil packets of chicken, sundried tomatoes and chicken boullion cubes. Another tasty recipe is curry style with dried carrots and golden raisins. Cooking good food is one of the more fun aspects of camping for me. Ill carry a little extra weight to add to the fun and taste of meals.Sep 15, 2010 at 7:59 am #1645764
Just be forewarned that Israeli (Pearl) Couscous isn't instant like normal couscous found on the shelves here in the US. I use it in soups and pilafs at home but on trail I don't.Sep 15, 2010 at 9:41 am #1645794
I love the texture of pearl couscous! You can find it in the bulk bins fairly often. Trader Joes has a cool mix of grains that has it with red quinoa and a bunch of other stuff.
Not sure the pearl couscous it would work for a no-cook meal though. Might have to test that. :)
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