Jan 16, 2013

Zesty Chicken & Vegetable Couscous

As we're all likely trying to eat a bit healthier this new year, this is a great recipe to try on your family.  It's super tasty and flavorful, and uses some colorful fresh vegetables which are so good for all of us (whether we typically enjoy eating them, or not).

My dear friend down the street made this for us for dinner one night, and we've made it about every week since!

1 box Couscous - I use Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil flavored couscous
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed or cut into bite-sized strips
10 raw baby carrots
1/2 raw bell pepper (red or green)
1/3 cup lemon juice
2/3 cup Kraft 100% grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt

1. Cook couscous on stove-top using the directions on the box.  (I typically cook my chicken with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper at the same time.)

2. Chop up your veggies.  Feel free to add some other veggies as well...green onions would be yummy.

3. Toss prepared couscous with cooked chicken and chopped veggies in a large bowl.

4. Combine lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and salt in a shaker or jar.  Shake very well, drizzle over couscous mixture, and stir it up (either in the large bowl or allow people to add their own sauce on individual servings).

(I love my Blender Bottle from Bed, Bath, and Beyond for dressings and sauces like this)

5. Serve warm and enjoy!

With a little salad, this makes a very healthy dinner that is light yet totally satisfying when it comes to savory flavor.  Please let us know what you think of it!


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