Quick tip -
When a recipe calls for couscous or barley, a great substitute (with even more nutritional oomph) is quinoa.
It’s also incredibly easy – rinse 1 part quinoa in a few changes of water. Add 2 parts stock or water and bring to a boil. Let simmer 15-20 minutes, until water is absorbed.
If you want to avoid the rinsing, some stores carry the red quinoa that cooks up pink (what girl doesn’t want to eat pink food?) and doesn’t require rinsing.
My kids have loved it since early toddlerhood. It makes a great mess with babies too.