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    Lets here everyones best recipes for couscous or any other light weight trail food. I'm trying to come up with a list of stuff to try during the winter. I plan on taking my boys on an long trip and I need to find some meals they will like.

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    although having to deal with hiking, this might be better served in the
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    For winter camping in the cold, it's important to be eating fats and protein. You just aren't going to be able to keep your energy up and stay warm with simple carbohydrates.

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    Couscous recipe:

    Cook in pan, look at it then throw in garbage........nasty tasting stuff.

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    Does anyone have a picture of a CousCous, I'm not sure I've every seen one. And when does season open on them; Are they vicious ?
    NOW, back to how to cook one .
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    Default Great stuff...

    I like couscous quite a bit. Perhaps others here who are not certain of it have just never eaten it well prepared.

    First off, I cook it with a generous quantity of olive oil. And I like to add a generous amount of cheese for a topping. That helps with the fat content for winter eating.

    One of my favorite ways to prepare it is with fried onions and garlic. Couscous by itself is not very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FB Don View Post
    Lets here everyones best recipes for couscous or any other light weight trail food. I'm trying to come up with a list of stuff to try during the winter. I plan on taking my boys on an long trip and I need to find some meals they will like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Johnson View Post
    I like couscous quite a bit. Perhaps others here who are not certain of it have just never eaten it well prepared.

    First off, I cook it with a generous quantity of olive oil. And I like to add a generous amount of cheese for a topping. That helps with the fat content for winter eating.

    One of my favorite ways to prepare it is with fried onions and garlic. Couscous by itself is not very interesting.

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    Where did you get your couscous ? Got a picture of it, how big was it? I assume they're real lean if you need to cook in olive oil and add lots of cheese for fat. Sounds good though, I like about anything smoothered in onions with a sprinkle of garlic.
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    It's a grain made from wheat. It looks kind of like rice but has less flavor. But it does take flavor well from other things you cook it with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brav01 View Post
    Where did you get your couscous ? Got a picture of it, how big was it? I assume they're real lean if you need to cook in olive oil and add lots of cheese for fat. Sounds good though, I like about anything smoothered in onions with a sprinkle of garlic.
    Here's some pictures and facts about the elusive couscous:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couscous

    If you were to boil it up, and eat it plain... well, it would be dry, boring, and about as exciting as chewing up a cardboard box from Amazon.COM

    Add some fat content (olive oil is probably the 'healthiest', but butter or bacon grease can not be excluded, saute an onion in the oil, butter, etc)... at home I'll use chicken stock in place of water for a little extra flavor.
    Boil up the requisite amount of water (or stock).
    Top with a bit of parmesan cheese, veggies (I like broccoli and sweet bell pepper pieces - raw is quite good), and maybe even a grouse breast or diced rabbit. And you're eating pretty good in the wilderness!

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    It is great stuff. The nice thing is that it absorbs the flavor of other items instead of having its own flavor. Just boil in a little water then use it instead of bread or potato. Place it next to a back strap, and it tastes like back strap Place some fried in olive oil asparagus and it tastes like asparagus My favorite is to use it with saute portabellas! Can be found in the bulk section or Fred Meyers among other places.
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    Default add it to freeze dried dinners

    We take it with when Mountain House meals are on the menu. A good lightweight way to add another couple hundred calories to your daily diet. Add about half a cup (plain dry couscous) to your MH meal before adding the hot water. When you add the boiling water, make sure to put in enough extra for the couscous too. Stir thouroghly and let it sit as per MH directions. Stir thouroghly prior to eating so it will taste like whatever flavor MH you have.

    I also eat the flavored/seasoned varieties at home as a side dish. Pretty good stuff IMHO.

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    couscous.
    milk.
    dried fruit.
    chopped nuts.
    add honey to taste.
    serve hot.
    mmmmmm. mmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bairdi View Post
    We take it with when Mountain House meals are on the menu. A good lightweight way to add another couple hundred calories to your daily diet. Add about half a cup (plain dry couscous) to your MH meal before adding the hot water. When you add the boiling water, make sure to put in enough extra for the couscous too. Stir thouroghly and let it sit as per MH directions. Stir thouroghly prior to eating so it will taste like whatever flavor MH you have.

    I also eat the flavored/seasoned varieties at home as a side dish. Pretty good stuff IMHO.
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    I also have done the same with instant mashed potatos.

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    For anyone wanting addtional recipes, be sure to check out Backpacker Magazine forum at their website. I was there recently and there was a very active thread in the backcountry cooking (or similar) forum with couscous recipes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akfaller View Post
    couscous.
    milk.
    dried fruit.
    chopped nuts.
    add honey to taste.
    serve hot.
    mmmmmm. mmmm.

    Mmmm that does sound yummy. Heh, I'm giving points for it!
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    The last recipe I followed started with stir-fried onions, carrots, cashews, apples, and raisens. Add a bunch of curry & jamaican allspice, a touch of a hot pepper of your choice, and then some couscous you've already boiled up on the side. Good enough for a meal at home or at camp. It took a lot of chopping and both a pot & a pan, though, making it kind of an inconvenient recipe for hiking.

    Last night I combined bulgar wheat, freeze-dried veggies, and salad bacon bits in a pot and added water. It was surprisingly good. It would be another easy, light meal to pack for a camping trip. Adding nuts would be an easy way to add protien. The bulgar reminded me a lot of Zoom cereal, and I bet it could be used interchangably.
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