(Family Features) From cereal and milk to yogurt and fruit to broccoli and cheese, combining dairy with plant-based foods creates a superfood power couple that can help ensure you and your family are getting the nutrients you need any time of day.
With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets, dairy can help optimize nutrient absorption from plant foods and provide additional nutrients like high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. You can create delicious meals with the nutrition you need while enjoying the best of plants and dairy.
Find more recipes that combine the goodness of dairy and plant-based foods at milkmeansmore.org.
Creamy Couscous with Broccoli, Tomatoes and Cheese
Recipe courtesy of culinary dietitian Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
3 cups broccoli florets
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups fat-free, 2% or whole milk
1 1/2 cups plain couscous (wheat pasta)
1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons slivered fresh basil leaves
In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook onion in butter 2 minutes. Add broccoli, garlic and pepper. Cook and stir 2 minutes.
Stir milk into broccoli mixture. Bring to boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
Gently stir Parmesan cheese into couscous mixture. Spread on serving platter. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Top with tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.