I just got back from vacation visiting my family in Franklin, TN. Jet lagged...but I had a great time! Let me just say that the weather was just gorgeous all week. Not hot, not humid (which it always seems to be humid to a Californian!) mid-70's...just perfect!
Franklin, TN is such a quaint place to visit with lots of civil war history, beautiful countryside, and fun things to see and do. Mom and I love to take long drives viewing the countryside and small towns that surround the area. This time we went to Radnor Lake and I was so happy that we did. It was beautiful!
I took some time to take pictures of the lake, the old part of town, and some wonderful Victorian houses that are in the area. I'll be sharing those pictures and stories with you soon. I think that traveling is such an exciting part of life. Seeing other parts of the country, how the people live, what's important to them, and the food they make is a growing experience. This is one of my favorite things! Do you all feel the same way? What is the best place that you've visited??
This week in Nashville, the CMA awards were going on. The city was crowded with people that came from all over. My flight home last night was a star-studded flight to say the least. Celebrities going home to LA. Tom Arnold, Denise Richards, and Stone Cold were very friendly and taking photos with a local Army serviceman, which was fun to watch. This definitely made the 4 hour flight go quicker, and was nice to see the honor to our serviceman.
But on to the food....
The other day I left you with a homemade Hummus recipe. (Click on the title in the previous sentence to go to that recipe. ) This recipe focuses on a dish that goes well with that hummus. A Mediterranean style dish that is a great family, weeknight dish. You can have this on the table in 30 minutes. How great is that? Using simple ingredients, and a little help from packaged couscous you can have a flavorful chicken and couscous dish that is complimented by hummus and pita wedges.
What is Couscous you say?? Couscous is a wonderful grain. Made from semolina these tiny bits of round pellets come from North Africa and is a staple in many countries along the Mediterranean Sea. Most stores sell a version of instant couscous which cooks very quickly, 5-8 minutes. (Love that!) Couscous should be light and fluffy, and never gummy. If you've never tried it, take a chance, cause you are in for a treat! It's a great alternative to rice. A very versatile grain. You can find in the store next to the rice.
Kitchen Tip: Flavor couscous by cooking in either water or chicken broth, and adding spices, herbs, or vegetables.
Try this dish soon. A great weeknight meal, and very kid-friendly. They love the little grains, cause they are like mini rice! I'm sure that everyone will give you a big "thank you" for cooking this for dinner!
See the little pearls of couscous here? It's great with all the vegetables and herbs in it!
A great dish to serve with the homemade hummus...the flavor work together so well.
I love this dish!
Chicken With Tomato Couscous
1 10 oz package toasted pine nut couscous
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 T olive oil, divided
Salt & pepper to taste for seasoning
3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 T chopped fresh basil
2 T red onion, minced
1T lemon juice
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
Hummus and pita wedges (optional)
Prepare couscous according to package directions.
Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp. oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook chicken in a large nonstick skillet or grill pan, over medium high heat about 8 minutes on each side or until done.
Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, onion, lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. oil, and the salt and pepper. Stir tomato mixture into prepared couscous.
Divide couscous mixture among 4 plates; top each with 1 chicken breast. Serve with hummus and pita wedges if desired.
adapted from Southern Living