The family have been battling colds all last week, which has meant two things for me. One of the first things I like to do is air out my house when we are sick. No matter how cold it is I open all the windows and give them a wipe down as this time of year often encourages moisture around the windows and you can be left with mold. I leave the windows open for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how freezing it is outside. I feel one of the factors in the winter bug is being so persistent is because instead of getting out we end up staying indoors breathing each others air, living with our heaters on and passing the germs back and forth. So freshening our environment makes us feel better, I am not sure if science is behind me on this one but even if it is just a placebo effect I am sticking to my routine. The second thing that becomes important for 3 sick people is some comfort food. I don’t know about you but when I am feeling ill I just want to curl up on the sofa in my pj’s and eat food that warms my body. But hubby and I are trying to eat healthier and lose some weight so just because we want comfort food doesn’t mean we want high calorie. This dish has all the goodness of comfort food but doesn’t make you feel guilty.
What do you find you crave when you are sick?
Moroccan Couscous with Saffron
1 large onion, diced
185g (1 1/2 c.) carrots, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 cubes
180g (1 1/2 c.) courgette, cut into 3/4 cubes
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt
1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
355mL (1 1/2 c.) vegetable stock
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp saffron threads
260g (1 1/2 c.) whole wheat couscous
2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
sunflower seeds *optional
Recipe from The Kind Life