Moroccan Fig, Pine Nut, and Black Bean Couscous – Healthy Option

Talk about rich and savory flavors! Our Moroccan fig, pine nut, and black bean couscous is hearty, delicious, and heart healthy to boot!

The Backstory: This is a truly special dish that has amazing depth of flavors from the rich, chewy figs, savory black beans, and the satisfying crunch of the pine nuts. It’s a perfect accompaniment to chicken, fish, or meat, and can stand on its own as a meal or rolled up into a wrap for lunch. It’s filling, hearty, and layered with satisfying flavors and textures. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Moroccan Fig, Pine Nut, and Black Bean Couscous

This flavorful side dish has a little bit of everything: from the rich, chewy figs to the crunch pine nuts and savory black beans! It's a perfect side for chicken, fish, meat or even as a light lunch.
Course Lunch, Sides
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups dry instant couscous
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 1/4 cup onions, diced
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked canned black beans, rinsed and well-drained


  1. Bring vegetable broth to a boil and add couscous. Cover pot and remove from heat. Let stand, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Put aside.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick fry pan and saute the onions and garlic.
  3. Add the sauteed mix to the couscous, and then toss in the diced figs, pine nuts, and black beans.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories: 420
Total Fat: 3.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 15g
Carbohydrates: 81g
Sodium: 370mg
Fiber: 10g
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…The Backstory continues: You can find this recipe and many more in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Beef Brisket with Gravy to Lemon Poppy Seed Cake — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!


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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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