I get a little sick of rice though...It seems like any time I want a side dish, rice is the old standby. I always have some in the cupboard and its so easy to make, but after a while it gets pretty old. Lately I've been eating quinoia and couscous more (which can also be made in the rice maker), but recently I found some Lebanese couscous at the grocery store, which is extra cool because its HUGE!
Its also really easy to make, not quite as easy as rice, but still quick and tasty. I could have made it in the ricemaker, but this recipe adds some extra flavor. Here is the basic rundown:
2 chopped shallots
1 cup couscous
1 bay leaf
1 1/4 cup water
Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Cook the shallots until translucent. Add the couscous as well as 1 bay leaf and let it brown slightly, coating in olive oil. Add 1 1/4 cups water, cover and cook for about five minutes. Lower heat to low and simmer for about ten minutes. Add more water if couscous soaks up all water, but is not cooked.