This meal - or a slight variation - has become very common in our household. It is fairly quick, simple, light and a good nutritional balance :) Plus we love to grill!
Grilled Chicken, Zucchini & Roasted Red Pepper Couscous
*The night before, I put 2 chicken breasts in a large plastic baggie with a little Italian dressing, pepper, lemon juice... sometimes I add a few red pepper flakes for pizazz... and put in the fridge to thaw/ marinade*
- First you or your lovely assistant need to heat up the grill and get the chicken cooking.
- Next prep the veggies. I cut the zucchini on the diagonal to give it a larger surface area so it would grill easier. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and a little all-seasoning. Cut a few onion slices and wash a bell pepper. Add to the grill.
- Zucchini will grill very quickly - watch it carefully. Remove once it has browned slightly and set aside. I always place on a microwave safe dish (just to be safe) and put in the microwave to keep warm.
- Once the bell pepper has charred slightly rinse off a majority of the black skin; cut in half, scoop out the seeds and chop. The onion should be nice and caramelized by now - remove from grill and chop too. Keep an eye on your chicken; remove as soon as they are cooked throughout.
- Pour a couple tablespoons olive oil into a medium saute pan and add bell pepper and onion. Add 1 cup dry couscous and saute on med-low for just a few moments.
- Add 2 cups water (check the directions on your couscous container; brands may vary) and cover. Let it softly boil for approx 5-7 minutes. Remove lid - all liquid should be absorbed. Fluff with a fork. If you like, sprinkle with a little lemon or lime juice.
- Plate and serve!
I love using these metals grilling sheets - I can grill almost anything (Pineapple anyone?!?) and not worry about it falling through.
The couscous made enough for 2 for dinner, and then a little more for me to take to lunch. I am looking for more couscous recipes - it is a versatile side that is a good source of protein and fiber. Please share any ideas or recipes you use!