BBQ Shrimp with Garlicky Kale Parmesan-Herb Couscous

BBQ Shrimp with Garlicky Kale Parmesan-Herb Couscous

In the U.S., dry whole-wheat couscous has been partially cooked, making it a quick-cooking (5 minutes!) whole-grain weeknight dinner champ. And when you buy peeled shrimp, plus a bag of prechopped kale and bottled barbecue sauce, the savings in prep time helps to get this healthy dinner done in a jiff.

Prep Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Servings: 4

Yield: 4 servings




1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning

⅔ cup whole-wheat couscous

⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

8 cups chopped kale

¼ cup water

1 large clove garlic, smashes

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp (26-30 per pound)

¼ cup barbecue sauce (see Tip)




Combine broth and poultry seasoning in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then stir in Parmesan and butter. Cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add kale and cook, stirring, until bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Add water, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is tender, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Make a well in the center of the kale and add 1 tablespoon oil, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, undisturbed, for 15 seconds, then stir the garlic oil into the kale and season with salt. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and shrimp to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the shrimp are pink and curled, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in barbecue sauce. Serve the shrimp with the kale and couscous.



Tip: The barbecue sauce aisle has expanded to include any flavor you can imagine–like sweet mustard and even Dr. Pepper–but a classic or “original” variety pairs best with the Parmesan couscous. Look for one that doesn’t list an added sweetener as the first ingredient.



Nutritional info: 

Serving Size 3 oz. shrimp, 1 cup kale & 1/2 cup couscous each

calories414total fat 17g saturated fat 5g cholesterol 196mg sodium 606mg total carbohydrate 36g dietary fiber 5g total sugars 7g protein 32g vitamin c 39mg calcium 203mg iron 2mg potassium 567mg

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