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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Warm couscous and leftover chicken

warm couscous and chicken
Lunching on leftover chicken can often be a bland experience. So why not liven things up with WARM SPICY COUSCOUS, vegetables and salad. When food is more inviting, you'll feel much more satisfied and less inclined to 'reward' yourself with sweets and chocolate. We eat with all our senses so why not enjoy what you eat.
While roasting a small chicken last night, we cooked a tray of colourful vegetables too: green peppers, butternut squash and red onions. The vegetables were sprinkled with a little salt and pepper and sprayed with oil. After cooking for 45 minutes, they were cooled and refrigerated overnight.
Fry (or griddle) a few courgettes and reheat the vegetables at the same time. Then mix with the couscous - we chose to use giant couscous because of its texture. Once the couscous is cooked, drain and rinse with boiled water (to stop it sticking together). Add a teaspoon of oil, salt and pepper, half a teaspoon of turmeric and a quarter of a teaspoon of ground cumin. This gives the couscous mix a lovely warmth. Add the vegetables and serve.
Save money - cook double the quantity. It's really good for the lunchbox. We're saving ours for tomorrow, when we'll reheat it and add some feta cubes and pine nuts. Can't wait.
If you don't have any roasted vegetables, you could add peas, sultanas, sliced almonds etc along with your favourite herbs.
Couscous is low in calories. We used 50g of dried couscous per person, which was very filling. I roasted a small butternut squash, one large onion and a whole green pepper.
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