Soy Ginger Fried Couscous

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It’s safe to say that if Daniel and I ever split up, we both know whose fault it is.

Alex Trebek.

We’re usually quite calm, big laughers, loving, a little like Laverne and Shirley, maybe. One of us being the masculine counterpart.

Generally, we’re making jokes at the world’s expense, I’m reprimanding pasta when its starchy water bubbles over the pot, Daniel is making promises to God in return for sports favors. Harmony on the whole.

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But come 7:30 each evening, there is a marked difference in our den. You see, every night we play a lil’ ol’ game called Jeopardy. I bet the neighbors could tell you more about it than we can; the two of us so embroiled in game play that the outside world could be blown to smithereens and we’d still be positively wailing, “What are… THINGS THAT RHYME WITH SAILBOAT!!!”. The change in sounds booming from our apartment from 7:29 to 7:30 is like a flick of the radio dial from Mozart to gangsta rap. The explicit version.

We are stubborn, the two of us. Competitive in the way that pageant moms are on Toddlers and Tiaras. Both of us would sooner sign our bodies over to science than yield an inch of trivia territory. Let me put it this way, we’ve thought seriously about getting a voice recorder so we can replay answers when we’re unclear on who chimed in first. Guaranteed the voice recorder would be a pile of plastic parts next to the wall, two categories in.

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The problem I find is this: Daniel is brilliant.

Don’t tell him I said that. Just, please don’t.

It’s true, though, I’ve never met anyone so intelligent in every way. One of the reasons I fell in love with him was for his genius. And that’s all well and good when we’re living our lives outside of the thirty minute time slot for Jeopardy. But once Alex starts reading those answers, Daniel is running categories and I’m rolling a snowball into a snowman of hatred. And while I consider myself to be smarter than a fourth grader (I make no promises about fifth graders), I’ve had to adapt to my Mensa competitor by using guerrilla game tactics. Darwin is smiling from the grave.

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These tactics include, but are not limited to: shouting, crying, threatening, making obscene wagers and perhaps most effective, cooking. He wins: burnt toast. I win: Thanksgiving dinner. It’s best if I win, since I’m the mayor of the kitchen.

This dinner is one of the reasons our love can withstand Jeopardy. Sweet and salty fried couscous. It’s got all of the flavor and toasted depth of traditional Chinese fried rice, but with that whole ‘this is good for me’ thing goin’ on.

Daniel loves Asian food.

And, well, I just love eating.

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Does that count as a Daily Double?


Soy Ginger Fried Couscous


  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups cooked, cooled couscous
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, plus more for drizzling.
  • 1 bag organic broccoli slaw
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium heat. Add the beaten eggs and stir with a spatula almost constantly for 3 minutes, until scrambled, fluffy, and cooked through. Remove to a small plate. Wipe out the skillet.
  3. Add the sesame oil to the skillet and increase the heat to medium-high. Add the broccoli slaw, ginger, and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add the couscous. The pan will seem dry but you want the couscous to brown and get nice and crispy. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the pan and stir to coat the couscous and veggies. Drizzle with additional sesame oil. Return the scrambled eggs to the pan and mix well.


  1. says

    Mr. C runs faster than me… I’ve considered taking a lasso with me just so I can beat him.
    You two are perfect for each other. Is he super smart at trivia or all things?

    Can’t wait to try this unique and tasty recipe!

  2. Johnny says

    OK, I’m not really into any of the reality shows…really not at all..ask my wife, but I would tell the grim reaper he was just going to have to wait because my favorite reality show is on…”Our Daily Lives” featuring Andi and Daniel!!!! OH HOW MUCH FUN THAT WOULD BE!!!

    Great looking dish! :)

  3. says

    What is it with game shows and dinner? I hate eating dinner with the TV on, but every once in a while I want to bring out tray tables and eat a heaping bowl of something yummy like this while shouting out the wrong answers to trivia questions. Just like you and Daniel, a match made in heaven.

  4. says

    I so love this post, since last night, I actually presented my “How We Can Actually Score Our Jeopardy Matches” theory to Andrew in-between regular and double Jeopardy (it involves photocopies, sharpies, and a calculator). We’ve also instituted a new rule called “Top 5”, in which as soon as the FJ category is announced, we each pick 5 potential answers and if one of them is the actual answer (question?), that person gets double the points they wagered. In short, I’m just glad it’s not just us! :)

    And I can’t WAIT to make this; I love all things stir-fried and couscous!

  5. says

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one to be this competitive when it comes to Jeopardy–but you’re so lucky that you’ve found someone who “gets” this obsession. That’s an important foundation to build on!

    Love the simplicity of this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    I couldn’t help but smile throughout this entire post. You are too precious, Andie! I just love how you weave stories through your recipes… and how you can make something so simple look so amazing!

  7. says

    Hahaha, you guys sound like me when I play Jeopardy. Except I try to say the answer (question?) as loud as humanly possible, so that if I’m wrong and someone else is right, I can play the “I didn’t hear you” card

  8. says

    Uh oh…if Daniel a Boston sports fan, we will definitely need to introduce the boys…since Mickey is, ya know…#1 Boston sports fan!!!

  9. Heidi C says

    Hilarious post, Andie! My husband and I are so competitive with each other. Not with Jeopardy (I know he would kick my butt, which, like you, results in burnt toast for dinner), but mostly board games.

    You perfectly described how it feels: “I’m rolling a snowball into a snowman of hatred.” I know it’s irrational, but I can’t help it! I’m not a good loser. :)

  10. says

    First of all, this looks delicious.
    Second, I used to play Trivial Pursuit all the time with my ex boyfriend. The rule was that he had to lose because I HATED when he beat me. He also wasnt allowed to ask me questions I wouldnt know the answer to. :)

  11. says

    Very cool idea to use cous cous instead of rice! I love trivia, but I know Leo is smarter than me when it comes to current events. We are also ultra-competitive and can’t even play a certain card game or he will literally not hate me for the next 24 hours. We used to play Jeopardy on the PS3 though, FUN!

  12. says

    I think I love Jeopardy as much as you guys do! I think I’ve been playing/watching it since about 3rd grade with my grandparents and have always wanted to try out for it. I don’t have anyone to play with at home b/c the dog is no fun but I totally yell out answers at the tv. Stupid Eastern WA tv has it come on at 7pm instead of the 7:30 that I was sued to growing up. Now I have to hurry up with whatever I’m doing to make the 7pm slot. Who like Wheel of Fortune anyway? That game is for wimps!
    This couscous looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! :)

  13. says

    OMG. We must do a doubles tournament some day.
    Except I fear none of us would come out alive as Brandon and I, God forbid, should ever split up, it would most likely be due to a heated match of Jeopardy, Trivial Persuit or last but not least, Apples to Apples.
    Competition is healthy though, I say. And it’s good to not talk to eachother for a few hours…right..?

  14. says

    From this post alone, I have decided that you and Daniel are adorable. Jeapordy nights?! I mean seriously–adorable. lol Love the idea of fried couscous! Such an innovative way to use it!

  15. says

    Loved this post! Definitely made me smile and so happy you have that love, that one person you can win over with food 😉 Always good. Now…the recorder idea? Might be use a teeny tiny…little itty bit….crazy? hahaha!

  16. says

    I laughed out loud at the Mozart to gangsta rap line. My husband and I do the same thing when the clock strikes 7:30. We don’t have cable, so Jeopardy is our main entertainment every evening. We wouldn’t miss it for the world.

  17. says

    You’re brilliant. I’m loving things with ginger these days. I’ve never made couscous myself, but this might convince me to! :)

  18. Sarah Wendell says

    I’be been following your blog for awhile now and I feel like this is the time to comment-you’re precious and I enjoy your stories and recipes. I’m glad to know that me and my boyfriend aren’t the only ones that go crazy time over Jeopardy-don’t get me started on Cash Cab! I also need to thank you for my new addiction: wrapping anything in won-ton or egg roll wrappers and baking it. I mean anything, just so ya know…peanut butter gets way to soggy (PB&J rolls seemed like such a good idea at the time). Thanks again!!

  19. says

    I love it! My boo and I are the same way (I used to think I was smart…then I started playing jeopardy with him)

    I love that I have all of these ingredients in my kitchen right now – looks DELICIOUS!

  20. elle says

    Tried this recipe tonight…even better than I’d thought it’d be. i used wheatberries b/c I didn’t have cous cous and was fantastic.

  21. Amelia says

    Hi! I love your blog!

    I made this recipe last night and it was delicious. I totally needed to top it with scallions but didn’t have any. I used whole wheat cous cous.

    Do you have the nutritional information? I logged it into Myfitnesspal (calorie counting site) and I’d like to compare my numbers with yours.


  22. Courtney says

    I stumbled across your site via Pinterest! I saw this recipe and decided to try it tonight, even though I didn’t have some of the ingredients. I didn’t have the fresh ginger and garlic, so I used the powdered stuff and I didn’t have the broccoli slaw, so I used just onion instead. Ohmygawd! It was so good, that I had to post a comment. Thank you for sharing your recipes and most of all your insipring story.

  23. Jen says

    Great idea to use the couscous. Made this tonight, and it was so tasty, especially with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  24. says

    Thanks for this great recipe! So simple and totally hit the spot on this hot summer night! I can see why it is like magic in your house! :) I think my husband and I will fight over the leftovers, though.


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