Monday, August 29, 2011

Healthy and Flavorful Dinner

So I've been trying off and on to eat healthier... really want to shed some weight before the wedding. Here is a recipe I made a couple weeks ago that Zerek and I just loved. Give it a try and I hope you like it!

Fire Level: yellow-orange

Chicken Kebabs and Citrus Pico w/ Herbed Couscous

1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons chili powder (leave this out for yellow)
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 24 (2-inch) pieces
1 large red onion, bell pepper, or any other vegetables you want to include on the skewers, cut into 32 (2-inch) pieces
Cooking spray
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeƱo pepper (leave this out for yellow)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado

1. Preheat broiler. Combine first 9 ingredients in a shallow dish; let stand 15 minutes.
2. Thread 4 onion pieces, bell peppers, and 3 chicken pieces alternately onto each of 8 (12-inch) skewers. Place skewers on broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 12 minutes or until chicken is done, turning occasionally.
3. Combine and next 6 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt) in a bowl. Gently stir in avocado right before serving.

Herbed Couscous:


3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

1 cup couscous

2 tbsp. fresh parsley

2 tbsp. fresh chives

1/4 tsp. salt


Combine 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan; boil. Stir in 1 cup uncooked couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.