I’ve just discovered how much I love this marvelous fruit. It’s sweet, moist, and full of fiber. Although dried dates do contain sugars, they are very satisfying and one dried date contains about 24 calories – not bad if you’re using it as part of a larger recipe. Dates are a good source of vitamin A, B1 and B2, are high in potassium, calcium and iron and are also a decent source of magnesium.
What can you do with dates besides eat them whole? Well, I like to add a couple of cut up dates to my morning oatmeal. No need for brown sugar when you do that.
And here’s a great recipe for Sweet Moroccan Couscous that I served last week at my Choral Group’s Annual Party. Its not a genuine couscous in a couscouserie recipe, but everyone seemed to enjoy it, and I promised Sally I’d post it. Enjoy!
Recipe modified from the Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook
1 1/2 cups liquid (I used 3/4 cup orange juice and 3/4 cup water.
1 cup couscous
1/4 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp cinammon
a few tbsp water
Toast almonds in small pan on stove over medium heat, stirring often until light brown. Let cool.
Bring liquid to boil in a medium size saucepan. Remove from heat, add couscous, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a separate pan, cook dates, raisins, almonds and cinnamon in as little water as necessary to heat and soften them a bit. Add to cooked couscous. Sprinkle almonds on top. Serve warm.