Considered a staple in the kitchen, couscous pairs nicely with seafood, beef, chicken, fruit, and vegetables. Give it a try using these entree, side dish, and dessert recipes for a tasty change.

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Country Chicken with Couscous

Prego Italian Sauce

Bone-in chicken, Italian sauce, olives, capers and a little wine make this dish both country-style and really tasty! Plus, it's made in just one saucepot, so clean up is a breeze.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Skinny Cauliflower Couscous

Nutritious and colorful Skinny Cauliflower Couscous is the perfect antidote to the winter blues.

Mediterranean Chicken

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve tomato-sauced, cinnamon-spiced chicken and artichokes atop couscous.

Moroccan Lamb and Vegetable Couscous

Food & Wine

This classic couscous is loaded with slow-cooked lamb and poached vegetables, and spiced with generous amounts of cumin. Generally speaking, couscous isn't really spicy (though harissa, the traditional, fiery chile-garlic North African condiment, can add a bit of a bite), which means it can partner well with a rich, firmly structured red wine such as Merlot.

Total: 3 hrs 40 mins

How to Cook Couscous

Since couscous is an ingredient better known in international cuisine than American, some people think of it as "exotic" and shy away from learning how to cook couscous. But this granular pasta with North African roots could hardly be more basic. And it's a cinch to prepare: The fast-cooking variety needs only as long as it takes to soak up boiled water or hot broth -- just a few moments, and it's done.

Chicken and Sausage Couscous

Better Homes and Gardens

This quick chicken and smoked sausage recipe served over rice is as easy to make as it is delicious.

Total: 30 mins

Moroccan Shrimp and Couscous

Family Circle

Olives, apricots and dates might sound like an odd trio, but trust us: this Moroccan dinner packs a mind-blowing amount of flavor into each bite.

Herbed Salmon with Couscous Salad

Herbed Salmon with Couscous Salad is a super-flavorful upgrade if you're used to plain ol' grilled salmon. Try it for a fast and fresh summer dinner.

Couscous: Cook Once Eat Twice

To prepare couscous symbolizes "happiness and abundance," according to A Mediterranean Feast, by Clifford A. Wright. It's easy to see why.

Spice-Rubbed Lamb Chops

Better Homes and Gardens

Use this orange peel and cinnamon rub recipe to spice up these skillet lamb chops. Top with couscous and veggie mixture.

Total: 40 mins

Spiced Couscous Pilaf with Almonds, Currants & Mint

Fine Cooking Magazine

Warm Middle Eastern spices and fresh mint make this pilaf a great accompaniment to lamb roasts or chops, seared scallops, roast chicken, or sausages. Serve the couscous loose, or for a more formal presentation, you can make timbales by packing the couscous into ramekins and unmolding them onto your serving plates.

Apricot-Peanut Couscous

Vegetarian Times

This Westernized spin on the traditional North African dish adds several layers of sweetness with the dried and fresh apricots and the raisins.

Leg of Lamb with Pistachio Couscous

Ladies' Home Journal

In this recipe, the garlic studded lamb gets a sweet rosemary basting sauce during roasting. The fruit and nut side dish makes it a complete meal.

Total: 2 hrs 45 mins

Zucchini-Olive Couscous

Better Homes and Gardens

This simple vegetable side dish is a good way to use up all those garden zucchini.

Total: 30 mins

Couscous with Ginger, Orange, Almond & Herbs

Fine Cooking Magazine

Studded with flavor, this side dish will make a simple sauteed chicken breast special. To reheat, put the couscous in a heatproof serving dish, cover with foil, and put in a 350 degrees F oven until heated through, about 15 min.

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