Whilst we were on holiday in Majorca I had a lovely vegetable couscous and decided to try and replicate it at home. This recipe is what I came up with.

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count this couscous within your allowances for either lunch or your main meal.

It is a great meal for lunch on a busy working day. Very quick to make you really will love this! Make plenty for another day too!

vegetable couscous in a white bowl

Disclaimer: Just Average Jen is not connected with any weight loss plan. Please check nutritional values and/or syns yourself as these are approximate to the best of my knowledge.

Have you ever made couscous? It is so easy to come up with your own recipe as couscous essentially cooks with a little boiling water.

By putting all your ingredients into a mason jar you can just add boiling water when you are ready to eat and leave a few minutes!

wooden spoon of vegetable couscous

Budget shopping tips

I try to ensure all of the recipes I make are accessible to everyone. By this, I mean that they do not use obscure hard-to-find ingredients.

I also believe that recipes should use as few ingredients as possible and avoid expensive ingredients.

We would all much rather spend money on holidays than expensive ingredients wouldn’t we? Then we can find more meals we enjoy abroad and replicate them at home!

lentils infographic about the nutritional benefits of lentils.

Buying herbs and spices in bulk is something I really recommend. It can save a lot of money in the long term but also mean you never run out! I find putting them on Amazon subscribe and save helps too!

Additionally don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can.

Frozen vegetables are nutritionally just as good as fresh usually so do keep an eye out for those too to save money.

Do you have any particular frozen vegetables you love? Do share them with me it is always nice to hear people’s recommendations.

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Step-by-step instructions

Chop carrot batons, broccoli and green beans into small chunks around the size of a garden pea.

ingredients for vegetable couscous

Use boiling water to make stock with the stockpot and add all ingredients to a large saucepan and heat for 5 minutes.

boiling vegetables for vegetable couscous

Then remove from heat, stir and leave for a further five minutes with the lid on the pan.

spoon of couscous in a saucepan

Stir again and serve either hot or cold with a side salad.

vegetable couscous in a white bowl

Is Couscous free on Slimming World?

Couscous can be free on Slimming World as long as you are using it properly, ie mixing it with water as part of a meal.

There are times when people use couscous as an alternative to breadcrumbs and these are then not classed as free.

Check about this with your Slimming World consultant or on the Slimming World website if you are not sure.

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Slimming World lunches

If you are eating healthily or following Slimming World then you may have difficulty in finding lunches for work.

Of course, there are the Slimming World meals from Iceland however if you don’t have access to a microwave this isn’t going to help you!

This vegetable couscous is just one of many amazing Slimming World friendly lunch ideas I have found so do check out my other recipes for more ideas. It is great with salad in both summer and winter and so filling too.

If you take lunch then you are so much less likely to buy food which inevitably will be less healthy. Taking a variety of food throughout the week to work keeps your lunchtimes interesting and stops you from getting bored.

Even if, like me, you work alone at home it can make such a difference having your food already prepared for you.

Why not give it a go and make sure you build a variety of lunches into your weekly meal plan? Salad every day soon becomes boring, doesn’t it?

wooden spoon of vegetable couscous
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Other recipes and articles you might like

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If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes.

If you are looking for more summer recipes for healthy meals then I have a great selection of summer recipes here or for recipes specifically perfect for picnics check out this picnic roundup.

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vegetable couscous in a white bowl

Wholesome Vegetable Couscous – Slimming World Friendly Recipe

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  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal or side dish
  • Method: Hob
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Tasty vegetable Couscous which is vegetarian, vegan and perfect hot or cold. This is great for lunches, busy evening meals or even a party!



600 ml Boiling Water

250 grams Dried Couscous

130 grams Cooked Lentils Drained weight

100 grams Carrot Batons

1 pot Oxo Garden Vegetable Stock Pot

0.5 tsp Turmeric

0.5 tsp Smoked Paprika

65 grams Green Beans

75 grams Tenderstem Broccoli

2 tbsp Tomato Puree

3 Cloves Garlic (crushed)

1 Tbsp Mixed Herbs (dried)


Chop carrot batons, broccoli and green beans into small chunks around the size of a garden pea

Use the boiling water to make stock with the stockpot

Add all ingredients including stock to a large saucepan and heat for five minutes. Then remove from heat, stir and leave for a further five minutes with the lid on the pan.

Stir again and serve either hot or cold with a side salad.

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Hi, I’m Jen Mellor; I live in Nottingham, UK. and use my knowledge and experience in weight loss and confidence to help you become your own cheerleader and best friend. I am usually seen wearing colourful leggings and love to wear bright colours. Wear what you love, and be proud of your style and choices!

One Comment

  1. This veggie couscous is one of my favourite lunches. Usually chuck it in a tub along with leftover meat from the Sunday roast and some salady bits too. So good – always look forward to my lunch when I know I have this with me.

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