Orange and Pistachio Couscous

A great lunch or dinner choice


Couscous is a staple ingredient for many stove-less (no cook meals). Couscous in itself can be bland and benefits from the addition of spices as well as other ingredients to provide texture. I have used this meal for many years at home and have adapted it for hiking. I often have this meal for lunch as it can be prepared prior to camping and only requires rehydration to eat. The mix of ingredients used in this recipe makes for a very calorie dense meal.

Serves: 1

Approximate serving (dry weight): 182 grams

Approximate calories/serving: 687

Dry Ingredients

1 teaspoon               Mixed citrus peel

1/3 cup                    Couscous

2 tablespoons           Dried sultanas

½ cup                      Pistachios – unsalted

1 teaspoon               Sumac

1/2 teaspoon            Tang (or other similar orange drink powder)

Wet Ingredients

2/3 cup                     Water (this can be varied depending on your preference)

1 Tablespoon             Olive oil

Preparation Instruction

  • Mix all dried ingredients prior to the trip and seal in a small ziplock bag
  • To prepare add both the dry and wet ingredients to a sealed container/500 gram peanut butter jar and seal
  • Shake the sealed container for about 10-15 seconds to fully wet the dry ingredients
  • Allow at least 90 minutes to rehydrate before consuming
  • Stir before eating

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