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I don't see a grain as 'empty calories.' All calories provide energy to your body. The texture of couscous is different than 'pasta,' so I like it as an alternative. Plus, it cooks very quickly (5 minutes) and takes less water than standard pasta.
Would quinoa pass scrutiny as a useful grain to those who seem to avoid carbs? What grains would qualify, in your opinion, as good for consumption?
Lordy, News Junky, "...a healthy natural grain..." You really need to get out a little more. What "grain", pray tell, is not natural? With so much time spent on food at Maggies Farm, I'm surprised that you didn't know that flour used to make couscous is made from a healthy natural grain.