Kate's Kale Couscous Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Kate's Kale Couscous  Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Kate's Kale Couscous

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"This heart-healthy, quick, and easy dish is something very easy to throw together for dinner. It's perfect for dinner and lunch the next day and is just as tasty hot or cold. Kate originally came up with this recipe after coming back from the gym with no fresh ingredients on hand. Just by using what was in the pantry and freezer this amazing dish came together. Although it is vegetarian friendly, many meat eaters will be satisfied with this high-protein meal."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring water and butter to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat. Add couscous and stir well. Cover saucepan and let couscous sit until water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir cannellini beans, kale, and garlic in the hot oil until kale is wilted, 5 to 10 minutes. Mix kale mixture into couscous; fold in almonds.
  3. Spoon couscous mixture into 4 serving bowls; top with Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and black pepper.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • I always keep frozen kale in the freezer but it can be equally delicious if fresh kale is used. Drain any excess liquid after microwaving kale to defrost. Broth could be used in place of water, but there is tons of flavor packed into this dish that it doesn't necessarily need the extra flavor. Other canned beans can be substituted but I would stick with lighter-tasting beans (such as red, garbanzo). Great vegetarian dish that can easily be a side dish or main course.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 06, 2013

Delicious and easy. As others have said, it definitely needs lemon juice and LOTS of kale. I used fresh kale and next time will put in closer to 2 cups. My husband and teenage son agree that this dish is a "keeper."

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 27, 2013

Wow, I'm sorry to leave this review. As the only one in the family willing to eat it, I give it 1 star. It is so dry, and not that flavorful. Since I'm eating the leftovers my family won't, I have added vinaigrette, which helps. But, although it's very healthy, I'd plan on a sauce, or skip it.


18 Ratings

Apr 15, 2013

I too made this after coming home late from the gym. Was certainly quick, nutritious, and yummy. I was worried I didn't use enough couscous or water but it's definitely enough. My only recommendation to to use more (fresh) kale, it's a wonder food after all, and maybe less butter to lesson the calorie count. Will keep this one handy for quick dinners.

Mar 28, 2013

My husband and I loved this recipe. I followed the cook's note and used frozen kale, but I didn't add the almonds or cheese and it still tasted great. We ate the couscous with parathas. It was a really fast meal to put together.

Jan 25, 2014

I really liked this. I added a can of diced tomatoes, and I used Israeli Couscous and frozen chopped kale. I was lazy (and my dishwasher is broken), so I used only one pot. I sautéed onion and garlic in olive oil, browned the couscous, added water, and when couscous was ready, I threw in the other ingredients. My 14 yo was the only one who liked it, so I cant add it to my rotation, will save for lunches for me.

Apr 19, 2013

I loved this! I followed the recipe to a T, except I used plain almonds instead of salted ones. Very flavorful and healthy tasting. Thank you!

Apr 22, 2013

I give this high marks for creativity and ease of preparation. It was filling and healthy too . But the taste just didn't hit the high notes for me. I'm not sure what else it needs. (Someone mentioned lemon juice). My family thought it was just ok so I don't think I'll make again.

Apr 20, 2013

I really liked this dish. My four year old even loved it. I would however add more kale and maybe some lemon juice to the recipe next time.


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  • Calories
  • 432 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.1 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 19.2 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 7.4 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 13.9 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 352 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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