OK. Let's say you bought the 10 pound bag of couscous from Amazon per my recommendation. Now what?
If you have my ebook, you know we recommend amassing a pantry of about 20 ingredients. These include:
canned beans (chickpeas, in this case)
frozen chopped onion
frozen chopped bell peppers
If you put all of the above into your rice cooker, you can make an almost authentic stew. Yes, it would be better to saute the onion (and you can try in the rice cooker), but honestly, the easy way is almost as good. I'd use a handful of the two frozen veggies. Remember to rinse and drain the chickpeas.
Cook on high for a bit and then turn to "warm."
If you want to jazz this up, you can add some baby carrots (no chopping required!), If you care or dare to chop, some sliced zucchini would be good. As always with the rice cooker, cook till done.
Oh yeah, add some raisins or dried apricots if you have them. A pinch of cinnamon and/or cumin too.
And, in the meantime, cook your couscous by putting some in a bowl and adding hot water to cover. When it's done, top with your stew.
Call your mom and tell her that--yes--you are eating well. Then tell her that she--or dad--can make this on the stove if they lack a rice cooker.