When you’re feeling tired, this dish makes for a super quick and nutritious lunch or supper. You can get it to the table in 10 minutes — amazing for something that is not pre-packaged... or microwaved. Who says you can’t get good food to the table in a few minutes? Not us!
In a medium stockpot, add the water, salt, scallion stem, and lemon peel, and bring to a boil.
Add the peas and baby spinach and continue to boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, then stir in the couscous. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
Add the black pepper and chopped scallions, if using, and fluff the couscous with a fork. Taste for seasoning. Serve topped with a poached egg.
If you are on a bland or low fiber diet, use regular couscous instead of whole wheat and leave out the peas and scallions. Instead, add cooked diced sweet potato, and sprinkle the couscous with a pinch of asafetida before fluffing.