I absolutely love to play with my food to make a new dish! I’m not a fan of eating the same dish day in and day out. Eating healthy is very important to me, but it’s also important that the food is full of flavor. When thinking about eating healthy, some may assume that means tasteless food, and that is so far from the truth. This weekend, as I was rummaging through my kitchen, I ended up cooking the perfect dish. It was easy to make, and provided me with proteins, grains and vegetables all in one meal. Ingredients
2 cups cooked couscous
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup green peas (fresh, canned, or frozen)
1 fresh tomato, diced
1 fresh lime
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chill powder
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons parsley
1 pound deveined shrimp
1 pound diced chicken breast
Yields: 4 Servings
Total Cook Time: 45 minutes
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Place the diced tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the tomatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper and add a drizzle of olive oil on top. Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a little brown. Later, we will add the tomatoes to the couscous.
In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the 2 cups of couscous and let it brown for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the chicken stock and 1 cup of water. Let it cook until the couscous is tender, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Fluff the couscous with a fork.
In a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil with the tomato paste, salt, pepper, chili powder, dried Italian herbs and garlic powder. Allow this seasoning mixture to cook for about 60 seconds. Add mixture to the couscous. Once spread evenly throughout, add the diced tomatoes and peas.
Before starting this next step, preheat the oven to 350F. Toss the shrimp and chicken, juice of the lime, salt, pepper and parsley together. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss the shrimp and chicken in the skillet, and let cook for about 15 minutes. Remove from the skillet.
Toss in the shrimp and chicken in with the couscous, and bake the dish in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Remove and garnish with additional parsley, and serve immediately.
Have you experimented in the kitchen and created a new recipe that you love? Do tell!