Pearl Couscous

Herbed Pearl Couscous

It’s been a crazy back to school season and all I want to do is go back to summer. However, one of the upsides to school starting means that I’m back in my own apartment with more people to cook for, and my own little basil plant! I decided to make good use of it so I whipped up this pearl couscous salad and let me warn you – it’s highly addictive. If some of you have never cooked with pearl couscous before, it is essentially normal couscous on a much larger scale. It looks like little balls of pasta and it tastes like pasta – so even if you don’t like normal couscous you would probably like this.

Pearl Couscous

Pearl Couscous

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 c. whole wheat pearl couscous
  • 5 tsp. EVOO
  • handful of basil (about 15-20 leaves)
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice from one lemon
  • handful of chopped red onion (about 1/4 c.)
  • salt & pepper

YIELDS 2 side dishes or 1 main dish

Start by cooking the pearl couscous according to its instructions. Then put your lemon juice, garlic, basil, EVOO and rosemary into a food processor and blend!

Herb Mixture

Herb Mixture

Just stir the herb dressing over the couscous and add in chopped red onion. You’re done – easiest recipe ever.

Pearl Couscous

Pearl Couscous

Everything tastes so fresh and flavorful in this couscous salad, which is why I love it so much! Eat it up at 304 calories a serving! This would be a great side to pair with baked fish or grilled chicken!

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Herb de Provence Chicken

Herbs de Provence Chicken

The first time my mother brought home herbs de provence from the store I was in love. In my opinion it’s the perfect blend of spices – plus it’s fun to say since it’s French and doing so makes you feel sophisticated 😉

Inspired by my own hunger and the ingredients in the fridge, I came up with this low-calorie recipe that is healthy, easy, and full of flavor!

herb de provence chicken

Ransack your kitchen for:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3 tsp EVOO (you can also use canola oil)
  • 2 tsp herbs de provence
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/2 large onion (or 1 small one), sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup of red wine

*MAKES 3 SERVINGS

First, season each chicken breast with herbs de provence, salt and pepper. Next, add the olive oil to your pan and once it’s warm, place the chicken in the skillet. Meanwhile, slice the onions, celery and mushrooms. Once sliced, add the celery and onion to the pan.

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Continue to cook the chicken and once it is no longer pink, add the mushrooms, red wine and minced garlic.

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Cover the skillet with a lid and let it simmer for about 10 minutes until the chicken has fully cooked and soaked up the wine flavor.

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This recipe is super easy and all of the flavors compliment each other so well. To top it all off, it’s only 288 calories a serving! One of my favorite things about this chicken is that it comes out so tender – by letting it simmer in the wine it soaks up a lot of flavor!

Herb de Provence Chicken

 All I can say is yum. Serve it with your favorite blend of quinoa, brown rice or whole grain couscous! Eat up & enjoy! 

Tropical Fried Rice

Tropical Fried Rice

fried rice

Today I’m sharing one of my very favorite recipes! I don’t know if you’re like me, but I can eat ridiculous amounts of fried rice. When I go to Benihana I eat more than should be humanly possible. In homage to my love for the stuff I came up with this healthy version so that I no longer have to feel bad about eating an absurd amount of food. Also, spice lovers rejoice: I’m heating up the kitchen with this one, get ready.

You’ll Need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 2 c whole grain brown rice (I used organic)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1- 2 habanero peppers finely chopped (depending on your spice tolerance)
  • ½ onion diced
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper (I used green) diced
  • 6 tbsp soy or tamari sauce
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil (or canola oil)
  • ½ pineapple core, diced into chunks (or 1 can of pineapple chunks)
  • 1 small mango, peeled & diced
  • 1 small head broccoli, chopped in florets
  • 3 tsp cayenne powder
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 TBSP sriracha (OPTIONAL)
  • 3 c. chicken stock (OPTIONAL) for rice

Makes 8 good-sized servings

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Start by cooking your rice. I like to cook my rice in chicken stock because it give the rice a richer flavor & chicken stock is very low in calories. If you read my last post then you know my favorite brand to use is Pacific Foods.

After you’ve got the rice going, chop up your veggies, peppers, pineapple & mango, & mince the garlic.

Heat up your skillet & pour in one tablespoon of grapeseed oil, then season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and 2 tsp of cayenne, garlic powder, and oregano. Cook the seasoned shrimp in the skillet with 2 teaspoons of the minced garlic. After cooking the shrimp for about 2 minutes, add in the remaining vegetables & fruits – including the rest of the garlic.

fried rice

In a smaller, separate skillet scramble the 4 eggs with salt & pepper. Your rice should be about done now so you can pour it into the shrimp skillet & add the eggs once they are finished cooking.

Add the remaining cayenne & garlic powder (1 teaspoon, each) into the skillet & stir. Mix in 6 tablespoons of soy or tamari sauce (I happened to have tamari so I used that) & sprinkle with salt & pepper.

If you really want to set your mouth on fire add the optional tablespoon of Sriracha (I’m obsessed with the Rooster). However, be warned – this will be VERY spicy! Only add the extra spice if you REALLY REALLY LOVE spicy food like myself 🙂

This recipe is so full of flavor and healthy! The great thing about spice is that it kicks up the metabolism & can actually help you lose weight – so eat up & enjoy the fruits & veggies. The amazing thing about this recipe is that the whole thing only has 1 tablespoon of oil, but trust me, you will LOVE it! Each serving is only 329 calories so fill up that plate 😉

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-SkinnyGirl