Spicy Beef & Tomato Couscous

Spicy Beef & Tomato Couscous
Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup couscous
  • ¼ cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup cooked and dehydrated hamburger or ‘beef’ tvp
  • 2 Tbsp diced dried onion
  • 1 Tbsp dried chives
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1½ tsp low sodium beef bouillon
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp dried garlic
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (or 1 packet)
Instructions:

At home pack the dry ingredients in a quart freezer or sandwich bag.

FBC method:

Add the oil and 1½ cups near boiling water and stir well. Seal tightly and put in a cozy for 10 minutes. Fluff up. Salt to taste, if desired.

Mug method:

Add the oil and 1½ cups boiling water to the dry ingredients. Stir well, cover tightly and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff up. Salt to taste, if desired.

Serves 2.
Notes:
The original recipe called for beef jerky that was shredded in a blender at home beforehand. This could be used as well, but due to not being boiled as in the original, the jerky will most likely be still quite chewy. I also changed the recipe to using low sodium beef bouillon. You don’t have to follow this, and can use vegetable or beef bouillon. This is a way though to watch the sodium content. The recipe also called for 1/2 tsp of sea salt. If you use normal bouillon, you don’t need that extra salt!
Dried hamburger is very easy to make at home, but if you are a vegetarian or want an easy option, use flavored TVP! It is easy to use with a long shelf life. Sun dried tomatoes?