A simple, healthy couscous side dish that is so creamy and indulgent but has no heavy cream or butter in it! I served this creamy cauliflower spinach pearl couscous with grilled chicken last night for dinner & everyone loved it! This is healthy comfort food!
Earlier this week I made a double batch of my favorite creamy garlic parmesan cauliflower sauce to go with the pizza we were having. We love dipping the crust into sauce but we don’t eat store-bought ranch, or blue cheese. We wanted something a little bit creamier than marinara so I whipped up a double batch of creamy cauliflower sauce so I could use it for this pearl couscous recipe too.
If you haven’t tried creamy garlic parmesan cauliflower sauce yet– you’re missing out! ?
It resembles an alfredo sauce without having all the heavy cream, butter and calories. We use it as a substitute for all kinds of different recipes but this cauliflower pearl couscous is one of our favorite easy recipes.
Just look at that sauce– it’s so creamy and it’s all cauliflower! This is healthy comfort food all the way! ???
Pearl couscous is easy to prepare and only takes about 10 minutes. I make it quite often to serve as a side dish. A recipe I make a lot is balsamic mushroom pearl couscous. I love mushrooms and goat cheese, so I really load it up!
If you already have the cauliflower sauce prepared like I did, then you just add it to the pan that you cooked the spinach in and it’s ready to go in less than 10 minutes. Cook the spinach and heat the cauliflower sauce while the pearl couscous is cooking and you’ll have a delicious side dish ready in no time!
- 1½ cups pearl couscous
- 2 cups garlic parmesan cauliflower sauce
- 1 10 oz bag frozen spinach (If you use fresh spinach, roughly chop it)
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese (more to taste)
- Sea Salt & pepper to taste
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp garlic powder (more to taste)
- Fresh parsley to garnish
- Prepare garlic parmesan sauce according to instructions.
- Cook frozen spinach in a large pan over medium low heat. When fully defrosted, add cauliflower sauce, garlic powder, & mix together. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- As soon as you put the spinach in the pan, start cooking the pearl couscous according to package directions in a separate pan.
- When the couscous is done, season with salt and pepper and add ¼ cup parmesan cheese. Pour couscous into the large pan that has the cauliflower sauce in it. Stir until everything is evenly coated with sauce.
- Remove from heat, add chopped parsley, and lemon juice. Stir.
- Serve hot.
Get the recipe for garlic parmesan cauliflower sauce here.
The cauliflower sauce has so much flavor in it– garlic, onions, parmesan cheese and a little unsweetened coconut milk to make it extra creamy ??? The consistency reminds me of a risotto without having to do all the stirring. Score!
Nobody will even be able to tell that the sauce is mainly blended cauliflower —> it’s that good. The kids will love it too and it’s an easy way to get them to eat a really healthy veggie .
I added a bag of organic frozen spinach to the sauce to give it a little pop of color. I cooked the spinach in a separate pan so I could add the cauliflower sauce to it, mix and season it before I added the cooked pearl couscous. You can use fresh spinach but I was going for a quick and easy, so frozen spinach worked well for this recipe.
If you don’t have pearl couscous, this sauce would be delicious with any type of pasta, rice, barley, quinoa or wheat berries.
I squeezed the juice from half a lemon over the top after I mixed everything together, and a little extra parmesan cheese. I love the tang and brightness lemon juice gives to the sauce. Oh, and a little fresh parsley if you have it!
This creamy cauliflower spinach pearl couscous would be delicious served with chicken, pork or steak. ?
Have you tried pearl couscous before? What’s your favorite way to serve it? Let me know in the comments!
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