Leek, Mackrel and Avocado Salad

Research has shown that the best way to lose weight is to choose meals that help you feel fuller for longer while being low in calories. This means choosing meals that are balanced in carbohydrates, protein and plenty of fruit and vegetables. This couscous salad is a perfect match. The couscous provides some starchy carbohydrate, the feta provides protein and the leeks and other ingredients contribute to you 5-a-day whilst keeping the calorie content low.

Leek, Feta and Pomegranate Couscous

Serves 2

Ingredients

125g couscous
1 leek, finely sliced
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
Seeds from a pomegranate
50g dried apricot pieces
¼ cucumber, diced
150g feta, diced
25g black pitted olives, halved
Half a red pepper, sliced into strips
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1tbsp. raisins
Handful of parsley, chopped

Steam the leek for about 2 minutes until tender. Put the couscous into a bowl and cover with 150ml boiling water. Cover with cling film and leave to stand for 5 minutes. When ready, fluff with a fork and stir in the lemon juice, oil and black pepper. When cool, add all the remaining ingredients and stir through and sprinkle with the parsley.