The struggle to make a quick, well-balanced meal that everyone in the family will eagerly polish off can be very real. Mom likes “healthy,” dad likes “hearty,” and the kids . . . well, they start fussing at the sight of too many vegetables. Regardless of these preferences, most of us only have the time and temperament to make a single family-style meal for dinner – no special orders! Get everyone on the same “plate” with my quick and easy recipe for Greek Beef Hidden Veggie Couscous that is approved by kids and adults alike.
The Mediterranean diet was my inspiration for initially creating this 30-minute meal that that my entire family has since requested time and time again. The Mediterranean dietary pattern includes an abundance of fresh produce and whole grains paired with varied proteins (seafood, chicken, beef, etc.) and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, like those sourced from olives and nuts. Researchers suggest that the high fiber content and healthy fats from these foods are satiating, thereby lessening the potential for over-eating. Also, the Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lower incidence of certain medical issues like heart disease, cancer, depression, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, inflammatory diseases, and more.
While my children do actually eat vegetables, some are consumed with more enthusiasm than others – and rarely in the “half a plate” quantity I suggest. Greek Beef Hidden Vegetable Couscous appears to only have a bit of spinach in it while in reality an enormous amount of cauliflower and white mushrooms are chopped up and camouflaged alongside the whole grain couscous. Each serving offers up two cups of stealthy vegetables!
For the primary source of protein, I rely on thinly cut sirloin steaks prepared via the stovetop stir fry cooking method. Sirloin is a tasty and versatile cut of beef that is ideal for 30-minute meals as it doesn’t require marinating for tenderness and can be cooked in in a number of different ways. Make the task of cutting beef into ultra-thin slices for stir fry by sticking it in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up prior to prep. However, for convenience on my busiest days, I use packaged pre-cut sirloin steaks from the freezer aisle that fall apart into delicious bits in the skillet in mere minutes (like Steak ‘Ums).
Toppings like pine nuts (a good source of monounsaturated fats) and a bit of feta cheese keep add additional flavor and keep with the Greek theme! Enjoy!
Greek Beef Hidden Veggie Couscous