5:2 Diet Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous – Tabbouleh with Halloumi (56 calories)


5:2 Diet Recipe: Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous - Tabbouleh with Halloumi


5:2 Diet Recipe: Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous - Tabbouleh with Halloumi

It’s been a while since I shared a new 5:2 diet recipe, but I hope I’ve made up for my tardiness with the recipe I’m sharing today, a recipe that  I have been making for about 5 or 6 years, from my “Pig to Twig” diet days. (The Pig to Twig diet is basically a low-carb diet where cauliflower is used in place of potatoes in many of the recipes on the diet) I LOVE couscous and tabbouleh, it’s such a great vehicle for spices, herbs, aromatic broths, sauces, grilled meats, tagines, grilled fish and cheese, but due to its hefty colorie count, it’s off limit for diet days – so enter a lower calorie alternative, cauliflower couscous or tabbouleh.


Cauliflower Couscous Tabbouleh

Today’s recipe couldn’t be easier and it’s a VERY low 56 calories per portion or 176 calories per portion with the Halloumi cheese. If you have a food processor and a microwave, then this can be on the table in about 20 minutes, and, although it’s very tasty when eaten warm, it also makes a flavourful cold salad for the office lunch box too. If you don’t have or cook in a microwave, then just pop it all in a covered pan and simmer it on top of the stove……it cooks in under 15 minutes as the cauliflower grains are so small.


Cauliflower Couscous Tabbouleh

As well as cauliflower, which is the main ingredient, this recipe also has carrot, onion, garlic, tomatoes and rocket leaves in it, giving you a FABULOUS three of your five-a-day in one serving! Adding the Halloumi cheese adds essential protein and still makes it a low-calorie and yet very filling meal for a 5:2 diet fast day. I served this to my husband who was extremely sceptical when he’d heard what I was making, and he loved it so much that he has requested that I make it again, which is praise indeed, as he is very picky.


Cauliflower Couscous Tabbouleh

So, why pick cauliflower over couscous or tabbouleh? Well, apart from the obvious five-a-day benefits, it’s all about calories, as I mentioned above and as my list shows below:

160g cooked couscous = 180 calories

160g cooked tabbouleh = 190 calories

160g cooked cauliflower = 38 calories


5:2 Diet Recipe: Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous - Tabbouleh with Halloumi

A big bowl of this with Halloumi cheese is only 176 calories, which will still leave you with 324 calories (for women or 424 calories for men) for the rest of the day, so you could indulge in one of the following meals:

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I hope you manage to try my latest recipe for Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous – Tabbouleh with Halloumi; it’s a great way to save on diet day calories and yet makes a filling and very tasty meal. Make a batch at the beginning of the week and you will also have a week’s worth of lunch box meals, as the cauliflower couscous/tabbouleh lasts for up to 4 or 5 days in the fridge. Do let me know if you make it and if you enjoyed it, Karen 

As this uses DRIED MINT, I am entering this recipe into Cooking with Herbs for February.

Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous – Tabbouleh

A fabulous GF and Carb free dish of “Cauliflower” couscous/tabbouleh, flavoured with Moroccan spices, mint and served with cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves for a low calorie meal – perfect for any 5:2 diet fast day or anyone following Weight Watchers. Each portion is ONLY 56 calories or 176 calories WITH the Halloumi cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 x small cauliflower, between 250g and 275g (65 calories)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced, about 110g (45 calories)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely diced (20 calories)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated, about 60g (25 calories)
  • 2 teaspoons Harissa spice blend (I used Bart’s Harissa powder, made up of: salt, cumin, chilli, coriander, garlic, mint, caraway and cinnamon. 12 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint (5 calories)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (8 calories)
  • 300mls vegetable stock, I used Marigold Swiss Bouillon (25 calories)
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, cut in half (20 calories)
  • handful of rocket leaves

Optional

  • Light Halloumi cheese, cubed (120 calories in 1 x 50g serving)

Note

A fabulous GF and Carb free dish of “Cauliflower” couscous/tabbouleh, flavoured with Moroccan spices, mint and served with cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves for a low calorie meal – perfect for any 5:2 diet fast day or anyone following Weight Watchers. Each portion is ONLY 56 calories or 176 calories WITH the Halloumi cheese.

Directions

Step 1 Trim the cauliflower and cut into small florets. Discard any tough core or stem. Place the florets into a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is similar to couscous or tabbouleh as in fine grains.
Step 2 Fry the onion and garlic in a little of the stock with a lid on the pan until it is soft and has taken in some colour.
Step 3 Place the cauliflower couscous/tabbouleh into a large heatproof bowl that has a lid and add the cooked onions and garlic as well as the grated carrot and Harissa spice blend. Mix well.
Step 4 Add the dried mint and turmeric and mix well before pouring in the vegetable stock. Mix well and microwave for 5 to 8 minutes on high with the lid on. Alternatively, simmer in a covered pan over a low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes.
Step 5 Check the cauliflower is cooked, it should still have a bite; spoon it into a serving bowl and add the halved cherry tomatoes and rocket to serve. One portion this was as an accompaniment of salad lunch is 56 calories.
Step 6 If using the Halloumi cheese, add the cubes to a hot pan and fry over a high heat until the cheese has taken on a golden brown colour. Add the the couscous/tabbouleh and serve with the cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves as above. One portion is 176 calories when served with 50g of cheese.
Step 7 The whole recipe = 225 calories with no cheese and makes 4 generous portions.


5:2 Diet Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous - Tabbouleh with Halloumi (56 calories)

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