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brown rice and couscous

hi all!
to carli, who was asking about what types of brown rice to try...i, 
too, wanted to try brown rice 
again.  i had tried it about a year ago and didn't like it.  so this 
time, in an adventurous mood, i bought  success brand boil-in-bag 
brown rice.  cooked up in 10 minutes and was very yummy!  i mixed one 
package with half a can of kidney beans and half a can of sweet corn, 
seasoned it with cumin (i love that stuff!), chili powder, and garlic.
  hubby and i ate it with some ff cheese.  yum!  and very quick, too. 
there is 2g of fiber, 4g protein, and 1g of fat per 1 c prepared rice.

for michele, who wanted a couscous recipe...i posted this a while ago 
but it hasn't made it into the archives, so i'll post again. i love 
this recipe, it's very good and very easy, and makes tons of 
leftovers (unless you have a very large family <S>)!  i freeze half 
of it to defrost on a night when i *really* don't feel like cooking.  
this could also be halved, if you don't want as much leftovers.
couscous and lentil casserole
2 1/4 lentils, washed and picked over
2 carrots, diced
1/2 onion, diced (that's 1/2 an onion, not 1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
4 c water
pinch coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
cook for 30-40 minutes, or until lentils are tender.  drain excess 
water, but save some to mix into the casserole.
1 pkg whole wheat couscous (fantastic foods brand) or 2-3 c bulk 
1 1/2 c veggie broth (1 can)
1 1/2 c water,or your choice of combos to equal 3 c liquid
bring liquids to a boil, add couscous.  remove from heat and let sit 
for 5 minutes.
turn couscous into lentils, and mix well. serve with ff/soy parmesan 
cheese, molly mcbutter, extra spices, whatever.  :)  enjoy!  
amy (fuzy76b@xxxxxxxxxxx)