What’s For Dinner? Colorful Couscous

You know how you have your go-to recipes for quick dishes that are always reliably delicious. This one is one of mine. It is couscous with lots of veggies and flavor and it is SO easy, and healthy. Wanna give it a try? Here’s the recipe.

Recipe Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_yy_iH-DQA

Ingredients
-1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
-4 bell peppers (use as many colors as you can)
-3 medium shallots
-2 tablespoons minced garlic (2 large cloves)
-1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
-1 egg (optional)
-1 cup couscous
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon pepper

Directions
1. Finely chop your bell peppers, shallots, and garlic.
2. On medium heat, put your extra virgin olive oil in a sautee pan. Add your chopped bell peppers and shallots and stir occasionally for about 2-3 minutes.
3. Add your minced garlic and stir occasionally for another 2-3 minutes.
4. Add your salt and pepper while veggies are sauteeing.
5. After 2-3 minutes, add your stock and turn the heat up to medium high until
boiling.
6. Add your couscous and turn the heat off. Stir to make sure the couscous is
evenly covered in the stock. Put a lid on, and let sit for 5-6 minutes.
7. Use a fork to fluff up the finished product and enjoy!
Bonus: Add a fried egg to the top to make it extra decadent. 

What’s for dinner? An easy, healthy, flavorful recipe

One of my favorite dinners to make is my seared chicken breast, with “colorful couscous”, and topped with an egg. It is pretty easy, healthful and light, and really delicious. If you want to give it a shot, here’s the recipe:

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Colorful Couscous and seared chicken topped with over-easy egg

Seared Chicken (2 large chicken breasts)

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Ingredients:
-Two fresh (not frozen) boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
-1 teaspoon garlic salt. Or you can do 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
-1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1 teaspoon Cavender’s seasoning: SALT FREE. If you do not have
salt free, do not add previously listed salt.
*Optional: If you like herbs, feel free to add some dry herbs to your
liking. I like rosemary, basil, oregano, or parsley….or all of them.
-2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
1. Cut away any excess fat from the chicken breasts.
2. Place onto wax paper, cover with plastic wrap, and pound the
chicken until evenly thin. You may use a tenderizer or even just a
spatula.  Do this on both sides for most tender results.
3. Add the seasonings evenly over the two pieces of chicken on both
sides (the seasonings listed above are a total amount you will use
on both sides, for both pieces of chicken, combined)
4. Add the e.v.o.o. to a searing pan, making sure the oil covers the
bottom. Heat to medium high heat.
5. Once hot enough (I dip a small end of chicken in and if it sizzles, it
is ready) place the chicken into the pan. Cover with lid. Leave
alone and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the bottom is golden
brown.
6. Flip chicken over and repeat the process. Cover. Cook until golden
brown.
7. Remove from heat and let sit for at least 5 minutes before digging
in.

Colorful Couscous

Here is video recipe, followed by written instructions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_yy_iH-DQA

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“Colorful Coucous”

Ingredients
-1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
-4 bell peppers, diced (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 green)
-3 medium shallots, diced
-2 tablespoons minced garlic
*Optional: Any other veggies you love will work in this dish. I now
enjoy adding cut asparagus spears into it as well.
-1 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
-1 cup couscous
-1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
-1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
-1 egg (optional)

Directions
1. In a medium-large sauce pan (If you cook chicken first, do NOT
clean the pan before making this dish in the same one. This will
give it a little extra flavor from those chicken bits left at the
bottom), heat e.v.o.o. on medium heat.
2. Add diced shallots and bell peppers. Stirring occasionally,  heat 2-
3 minutes, until they start to soften.  During this time, add your
salt and pepper.
3. Add minced garlic and continue stirring and cooking for another 2
minutes.
4. Add broth and turn heat to medium-high.
5. Once broth is boiling, add couscous. Remove from heat. Stir
slightly, making sure all couscous is in the broth liquid. Wait 5
minutes.
6. Once liquid is soaked into couscous (may take 5.5 or 6 minutes
instead), use a fork to fluff the the couscous. Then you’re ready to
eat!
*Optional: If you like egg yolk, you’re a good person. Also, you’ll
enjoy adding a sunny-side up egg or over easy egg to the top. The
yolk really gives the dish a luxurious flavor.

Final Steps
Uh…just put it on a plate and enjoy! I like getting a bite of everything at once, the separate dishes really enhance the flavor of each other.

If you have any similar recipes or suggestions to make this one better, leave us a comment.