Looking for a tasty idea for a fish-based dinner? What about squid couscous with squid skewers? It’s delicious!
Squids are sea mollusks that can be used for appetizers, first and second courses with immense ease. When you buy squids in a fish shop, it is always preferable to choose small ones because the cooking times are significantly reduced and the meat of the mollusks will be very tender. We recommend that you discard squids that have a yellowish color and those that do not smell of seaweed and salt.
Ingredients for couscous
- 1 clove of garlic
- 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 30 gr of squid rings
- 20 ml of dry white wine
- 200 gr of couscous
- 200 ml of water
Ingredients for the skewers:
- 200 gr squid rings
- 60 gr of breadcrumbs
- Lemon peel
- Extra virgin olive oil for seasoning
Cut the garlic clove into small pieces; fry it with some oil, then add squid rings cut into small pieces. Season on a lively flame for a few minutes and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
Deglaze with white wine. Season with fresh parsley and a pinch of fine sell.
Add the couscous and season to taste. Add the boiling water and remove from the heat. Cover with a lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. At that point, you can mix it with a fork.
Mix the breadcrumbs with the parsley and the grated lemon zest. Bread the squid rings, then compose the skewers.
Season with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
Fill the glasses with the couscous and flavor with some of the remaining parsley. Serve with couscous with squid skewers.
Enjoy your flavorful couscous!
Benefits of squids
Squids offer the advantage of being low in saturated fats, which should never be taken in doses higher than 10% of daily calories. They are also a source of omega 3, fatty acids that are beneficial to our health, above all that of our heart and arteries. They also contain many high-quality proteins, a lot of B vitamin and zinc (which promote the proper functioning of the metabolism), phosphorus (good for bones and teeth), copper (involved in the synthesis of hemoglobin and connective tissues, in the pigmentation of skin and hair, in cellular metabolism and the control of heart functions) and selenium (useful for the body’s antioxidant defenses).
Like most mollusks, squid also has a high cholesterol content. However, this should not prevent you from eating them, in fact, cholesterol is poorly absorbed by the body. In addition, squids are low in fat and, according to studies, their consumption contributes to lower cholesterol.
Squids are a complete source of protein as it provides all nine essential amino acids. The quantity and quality of proteins are the determining factors of their nutritional values. Adequate consumption of high-quality proteins from animal products is essential for optimal growth.
Benefits of parsley
In your daily nutrition, parsley should be used preferably raw in order to preserve all the properties of its leaves. In fact, it is an aromatic herb with countless therapeutic and healing properties, given its high content of vitamins and minerals, which however deteriorate when cooked. A tablespoon of chopped parsley leaves contains the same amount of vitamin C as a small orange (equal to two-thirds of the daily requirement). Vitamin C strengthens the immune system and the circulatory system. In addition, parsley is also an excellent source of beta-carotene, which works as an antioxidant for the skin; and calcium, which is essential for the remineralization of bones, and helps to keep hair and nails healthy. Parsley’s roots are rich in potassium, which gives the plant diuretic and pressure-regulating properties.
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