Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What? She Cooks?

Since I have become a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) I have found this new desire to cook. Weird, I know. I have always enjoyed trying new recipes, but after coming home from a long day of teaching I just never felt like whipping something up. Now that I am home I feel more motivated to find new, healthy recipes for the family. Grace is a pretty decent eater and in order to encourage her to try new things and continue her healthy eating habits I enjoy introducing her to new foods. Here is one meal that I made last week and everyone loved (bonus: it is easy and fast!):

Moroccan Chicken

Serves 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 tbs. vegetable oil
1 pkg. (6 oz.) tomato-lentil couscous, such as Near East
1 pkg. (6 oz.) fresh baby spinach

1. Stir together the cumin, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl, and sprinkle them over the chicken (I used less cumin and more cinnamon when I made this). Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium. Add the chicken and cook about 8 to 12 minutes or until done, turning once.

2. Meanwhile, prepare couscous according to the directions on the package. I used plain couscous because I couldn't find the tomato-lentil couscous.

3. Transfer the chicken from the skillet to a serving platter. Then start cooking the baby spinach in the same skillet, stirring it often, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until it begins to wilt. Blend in the cooked couscous. Serve the couscous and spinach as a side dish with the chicken.

Mmmmmm....this was tasty! I first had Moroccan food a few years ago when I was in Sacramento visiting family. I just love the flavor that the cinnamon gives to the food, so I usually add a little more. To make it more kid-friendly I don't add as much couscous. Oh, and another bonus? This meal is healthy! Per serving, it has 341 calories, 40g protein, 6g fat, 33g carb, 79mg calcium, and 3g fiber. Try it, and I think you'll agree that it is delish!


IUgirl78 said...

Very impressive, Kelly! I like that you included the side dishes as well. Sometimes I just don't know what to serve with an entree. I will definitely try this soon!

Ty's Mommy said...


And I don't mean the recipe! How do I keep up with everyone? Ye Gads!

It really is a good idea though!

Can't wait to read more!

Aunt H said...

Yummo!!! Wanna try it out on our family? ;-)

Emily said...

I appreciate a recipe with couscous. I have had some sitting in my pantry forever, but didn't know what to do with it. Now send me one with orzo and I'll be a happy woman.