Best Meals To Eat Before You Hit The Stage

Just as they say that you shouldn’t swim after a big meal, performing is best done on a light meal. Enough to give you the required energy to put on a great show, not so much that you feel bloated and sluggish when people have paid to see you give it your all. So, there is a balance between nutritious fuel and overeating.

Ideally, you will want something quick to digest, such as carbohydrates, bread, rice, pasta, and some vegetables, such as potatoes. Also, aim for something low in fat and protein. Foods that are high in fat or protein take much longer to digest than carbohydrates.

So having identified fuel over fat and fast metabolization over slow burners, what is the best option? Sitting in the sweet spot of all of those are some amazing couscous recipes. Couscous tick a lot of boxes for the pre-stage snack.

To begin with, they provide energy but not bulk; a small amount is pretty filling, partly due to the water absorption which takes place in the preparation, water that will help you stay hydrated when you play. Couscous is metabolized quickly, meaning that it won’t weigh you down. Also, it is easy to prepare, which is ideal if you have limited cooking facilities, which is common in smaller venues. And lastly, although a bit bland, turning couscous into a tasty meal is easy, combining it with fruit, nuts, spices, vegetables…anything you like. And, of course, it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Perfect.

How to cook Couscous

In an open-flame oven, pearl couscous (also known as Israeli couscous) is shaped, rolled into small balls, and then toasted. Couscous and other pasta cannot absorb liquid like this, so it absorbs liquid without falling apart.

Your family will love our tasty garden vegetable couscous. There are endless possibilities when it comes to Organic Pearl Couscous. The RiceSelect Organic Pearl Couscous is perfect as a main course or sweet side dish.

Cooking Instructions

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon butter or olive oil (optional)
  • 1 cup pearl couscous

Boil the water. You can add salt and butter or olive oil, depending on your preference. Pearl couscous should be stirred in. Put a lid on the pot; reduce heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Two cups are produced from this recipe.

Advantages of RiceSelect Pearl Couscous

  • Durum wheat is used in the production of this product
  • The Non-GMO Project has verified this product
  • Star K Kosher Certification
  • Jar is 100% recyclable and BPA-free
  • There are no preservatives or additives in these products, and they are low in fat, sodium, and cholesterol

Couscous Recipes

A fast but filling addition to your meals is RiceSelect® Pearl Couscous. You can make couscous in a variety of ways. Our favorite recipe for using couscous is this traditional Moroccan Roasted Seven Vegetable Couscous Recipe. Moreover, you can add veggies or other favorite items to enjoy your dish. 

RiceSelect Pearl Couscous Pairing

The versatility of couscous makes it an excellent ingredient for various dishes. This Lentil and Turmeric Pearl Couscous Soup Recipe pairs lentils exceptionally well with couscous. A comforting yet filling recipe thanks to RiceSelect® Pearl Couscous.

Flavoring the Couscous Rice

Try Couscous & Salad (Any veggies) Recipe to spice up your couscous with a homemade vinaigrette or any other combo. Indeed, couscous is more closely related to a rice grain than pasta. A central selling point of couscous is its rapid cooking time compared to rice and pasta.

How do I cook Couscous & Pearl Couscous?

You can cook RiceSelect® Couscous by simply boiling 1 cup of water (adding a tablespoon of butter and 12 teaspoons of salt if desired). Cover; remove from burner and stir in couscous. Serve after 5 minutes of setting; fluff with a fork.

The following instructions are for RiceSelect® Pearl Couscous: Bring 112 cups of water or broth to a boil; add 1 cup pearl couscous (plus 12 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon butter if desired). Israeli Pearl couscous is more extensive and has a nuttier taste and texture than traditional Moroccan couscous. Cook for 10 minutes, occasionally stirring until the liquid is absorbed. This Moroccan Spiced Roast Chicken With Pearl Couscous and Chickpea Stew Recipe uses RiceSelect® Pearl Couscous, which pairs well with a wide variety of recipes.