Whelp, I cannot say that the reason for not posting on this food blog recently is because I have not been eating. Whoa Nelly. Nope. #defnotthecase
I do a delightful job of eating abundantly in the northeastern US winter. Just been a wee bit busy on the life front. But, I am sucker for a compliment and three people in one day mentioned post-yoga class that they missed my food blogs and so, I take the bait. Today's meal: a harkening to the Spring that awaits. Enough of the lasagnes and chilis and heavy (fantastic) meals. This is a meet-in-the-middle of the seasons on this spring the clocks forward day, a siren song to lure Spring to get here soon, damnit.
Organic chicken breasts
Couscous (also called pearled couscous or Israeli couscous)
2 Large handfuls of spinach
1 Clove of Garlic
Other Vegetables of Choice (mine here brussel sprouts and zuchinni)
Fresh Ground Pepper
Wash raw chicken with cold water and pat down with paper towel. Put in roasting dish/oven pan and generously salt and pepper tops of chicken. Put in oven for 375 degrees about 30 minutes. Chop up vegetables you want to roast. Put in another oven dish, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Roast in oven for about 30 minutes or as you like browned. Mince garlic. Put aside.
Meanwhile, make couscous according to box/bag directions. (My insert: I like to roast my grain before adding water, to bring out more flavor. So I put olive oil in pan, add couscous and brown the grain a bit. Then I follow the directions of Trader Joe's box). Put couscous aside. When chicken looks cooked, take out, slice thinly and put back in oven dish sliced, adding the spinach and minced garlic to the oven dish around the chicken. This way the spinach just wilts in chicken flavor juice and olive oil, salt mixture. Keep chicken in oven for another 5-7 minutes until spinach wilted. Optional: Put couscous in oven for 5 minutes to toast a bit. Then take out everything and plate. Optional: Squeeze lemon over chicken for some bright flavor. As always, so embarrassingly easy. And a tough but needed departure from all that winter heavy deliciousness. Pairs well with prosecco and an acoustic Spotify playlist. Fab for leftovers.