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Have you got a mysterious ingredient in your cupboard that you have absolutely no idea what to do with? We know the feeling! Lots of us are keeping our food shops to a minimum by making the most of what we’ve already got in the kitchen – and sometimes that’s easier said than done.

If you’re stuck for mealtime inspiration, we’re always on hand with a sprinkling of Slimming World magic to help you transform your back-of-the-cupboard finds into amazing meals – and our blog reader Nicola got in touch to give us a challenge:

“I’m struggling to think of what to do with quinoa and couscous. I have a bag of each in my cupboard and would love to make some tasty food with them. Any suggestions for Slimming World couscous or quinoa recipes, please?” Nicola 

Mission accepted, Nicola! Quinoa and couscous are fantastic alternatives if you’re struggling to find rice and pasta at the moment (cauliflower rice, courgetti and butternut squash noodles are great swaps, too). Simply sprinkle over some freshly chopped herbs or cook in vegetable stock and you’ve got a tasty, filling side for your stir-fries, curries and other dishes. Or you could make either the headline ingredient in one of these delicious dishes…

Slimming World couscous and quinoa recipes

Chicken and bacon wraps

Couscous and spinach combine to make a flavour-packed filling for these wraps – and they’re a great healthy option if you’re planning a barbecue at home.


Roasted vegetable couscous

Filling, versatile and easy to make – this delicious Slimming World couscous recipe is the perfect partner to your beef koftas, chicken curry or Slimming World burger.

Vegetable quinotto

Liven up your risotto by swapping rice for quinoa to make this colourful, vegan-friendly dish. Plus, it’s a great way to use your cabbages!


Couscous-stuffed beef tomatoes

Our lemony couscous is the star of this delicious recipe – and it tastes just as good with quinoa. Can’t get your hands on a beef tomato at the moment? Red peppers or butternut squash are brilliant alternatives.


Chicken and quinoa salad

A tasty way to use up any leftover chicken, veg or fruit, this quinoa salad is a lovely lunch-box filler if you’re a key worker or a simple, satisfying bowlful if you’re working from home.


We’d love to see your couscous and quinoa creations, so please email your foodie photos or share on social using #theSlimmingWorldblog.

And if you’ve got something in your cupboard (or your fridge or freezer!) that you’re not sure what to do with, let us know and we’ll do our best to help!

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