BBQ Shrimp with Garlicky Kale & Parmesan-Herb Couscous

In the U.S., dry whole-wheat couscous has been partially cooked, making it a quick-cooking (5 minutes!) whole-grain weeknight dinner champ. And when you buy peeled shrimp, plus a bag of prechopped kale and bottled barbecue sauce, the savings in prep time helps to get this healthy dinner done in a jiff.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ⅔ cup whole-wheat couscous
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 cups chopped kale
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 large clove garlic, smashed
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp (26-30 per pound)
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce 

Preparation

  1. Combine broth and poultry seasoning in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then stir in Parmesan and butter. Cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add kale and cook, stirring, until bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Add water, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is tender, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Make a well in the center of the kale and add 1 tablespoon oil, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, undisturbed, for 15 seconds, then stir the garlic oil into the kale and season with salt. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and shrimp to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the shrimp are pink and curled, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in barbecue sauce. Serve the shrimp with the kale and couscous.
  • Tip: The barbecue sauce aisle has expanded to include any flavor you can imagine—like sweet mustard and even Dr. Pepper—but a classic or “original” variety pairs best with the Parmesan couscous. Look for one that doesn’t list an added sweetener as the first ingredient.