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Lemon Couscous Recipe

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Lemon Couscous is an easy side dish recipe that your family will love. With just a few ingredients and a few minutes, you can serve a flavorful side dish that will pair perfectly with your weeknight dinner.


lemon couscous in white bowl with princess jasmine doll


Lemon couscous is a great simple side dish that is perfect to serve when you need easy! With just a few simple additions, you can take boring plain couscous to fun, flavorful, and kid-friendly!


The Eat Like A Princess Dinner Series!

The “Eat Like A Princess” dinner is was designed as a fun way to teach kids about new cultures through the Princesses they already know and love,  in hopes that they will become more open to trying new foods, to understand other cultures better, and to enjoy exploring the world around them. And still staying within the 30 minute weeknight dinner theme!  You can see other recipes in this series here.


This Lemon Couscous is part of the meal inspired by Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. 

  • Easy Beef KoftaThis Easy Beef Kofta Recipe is an easy 30 minute meal with tons of flavor. Gently spiced beef patties served with flatbread, hummus, crisp cucumbers and juicy tomatoes. Perfect for any weeknight – and your kids will love to eat dinner just like Princess Jasmine! Raise adventurous eaters through creative and fun recipes they can relate to!
  • Basbousa CakeBasbousa Cake is an Egyptian cake with yogurt, coconut and nuts soaked in a flavorful simple syrup. A one bowl moist semolina cake recipe, this easy dessert is a great one to bake with kids! 


Interested in adding more middle eastern recipes to your meal plan? Read the Beginner’s Guide to Kid Friendly Middle Eastern Cuisine for easy recipes and kid-friendly tips!




Lemon Couscous Recipe

Easy side dishes are the perfect way to add a little extra flavor, texture, and fun to a weeknight meal. This lemon couscous only takes a few seconds beyond what a normal couscous takes to prepare – you only have to add in golden raisins, lemon zest, almonds and chopped parsley.


steps to make lemon couscous recipe


How to Make Lemon Couscous Kid Friendly

As is, this side dish is fairly kid friendly. It is mild and flavorful, and has lots of fun additions. To make this kid friendly, get your kids involved in the meal. Ask for help preparing the lemon couscous (keep scrolling for steps each age group can do). The more involved they are, the more interested they will be, and the more likely they will be to enjoy it!


Talk to your kids about the scents, textures and flavors in the lemon couscous. What is crunchy or juicy? What is fragrant? Ask analytical questions that get kids thinking.



How to Serve Lemon Couscous

This lemon couscous is perfect to serve alongside many meals. Serve this family style on the table and allow everyone to scoop their own portions. If you have picky eaters who are squeamish about “toppings”, you can serve the chopped parsley and almond slices on the side and let everyone add their own.


princess jasmine with lemon couscous


Kids in the Kitchen: How Your Kids Can Help You Cook

Getting your kids in the kitchen is an amazing way to help them be more interested in trying new foods and confident in their own abilities. This easy couscous recipe is great because it helps them learn to use a lemon zester and they get to practice their knife skills

This recipe is perfect for beginner cooks because it is so easy! And it is a great recipe for kids to experiment and become more comfortable with new flavors – which means they are more likely to eat it!

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure out ingredients, wash the parsley and pick the parsley leaves off the stems.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above, plus help you zest the lemon, chop the parsley leaves, and sprinkle on the almond slices.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.


lemon couscous recipe in white bowl with spoon


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Yield: 4 Servings

Lemon Couscous Recipe

Lemon Couscous Recipe

Lemon Couscous is an easy side dish recipe that your family will love. With just a few ingredients and a few minutes, you can serve a flavorful side dish that will pair perfectly with your weeknight dinner.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 box israeli couscous
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 TBSP lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. Cook isreali couscous according to package directions, adding in the 1/3 cup golden raisins to the pan.
  2. When done, stir in the lemon zest.
  3. Top wtih almond slices and chopped parsley and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 134 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 4mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

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