Living in the ‘now’, with a healthy cous cous salad

Some days are like this – you didn’t want to have a party in the first place, end up agreeing to host it, prepare an elaborate menu, squirm through your cupboards for ingredients you have and dash out to shop for the rest, use two hands and two feet strategising about how to cook what you need, you taste everything at the end of it all and well – it tastes like crap. You try to use magic ingredients to save the day and then slap yourself in your head badgering and asking yourself – ‘why didn’t I just order out?’. A simple question asked too late.

I read an interesting thing recently – Those who are depressed live in the past, those who are anxious live in the future, and those who are at peace, live in the present. ‘At peace’ for me largely involves being alert ‘in the moment’. If I was really alert in spite of the ‘boring dinner’ I was anxiously building up in my head, I might have asked myself a simple question – ‘why don’t I just order out?’. I agree the example is a bit mundane, but that’s the point. Mundane or grand, the value of living in the ‘now’ is just as magnificent.

So what does your ‘now’ ask of you? Just stop and listen. Mine was asking for something cool, healthy and fresh. So a simple 10 minute cous cous salad is what I will go with!

  1. Place one cup of couscous in a shallow bowl, then pour over one cup of boiling chicken or veg stock. Cover the bowl with cling film, then leave for 5 mins until the couscous has swelled up and absorbed all of the water. Ruffle with a fork to separate the grains, then stir through the pomegranate seeds and parsley.
  2. Make a dressing by mixing together the orange juice, white wine vinegar and olive oil, then stir into the couscous. Season well with salt and serve.


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