Learn how to make Couscous with Apricots and Pistachios, one of Rita's recipes for using less sugar.

Couscous with Apricots and Pistachios


  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup uncooked whole-wheat couscous
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 14 dry-roasted unsalted pistachios, chopped


  1. In small saucepan, bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, put apricots in small microwaveable bowl. Stir in oil. Microwave, covered, on HIGH for 30 seconds or until softened.
  3. In small bowl, stir together orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in apricots.
  4. Spoon apricot mixture over hot couscous. Fluff with a fork to combine flavors. Sprinkle each serving with chopped pistachios. Makes 2 servings.