Today I’m sharing a recipe for a mouth-watering 30 minute meal! We have a lot of moving parts that will hopefully all be coming together this summer, so I’ve been all about quick and easy meals lately. Most of our weekends this spring were spent at open houses, and the last several weeks we’ve been busy meeting with contractors and checking out appliances at Home Depot, because we’re going to close on our first house in July! The housing market in the Boston area is a little crazy, so it’s been quite the process. We have a number of renovation projects to work on, but the house is large enough to be our forever home and is in a lovely town on an acre lot, so we are very excited to be taking this step!
Anyway, this couscous has been one of my favorite meals lately. It is so flavorful and reheats beautifully the next day for lunches. Yum, just writing about it makes me want to whip up another batch!
Mediterranean Couscous with Chicken Sausage
3 cups chicken stock
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups whole wheat couscous
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound chicken sausage, chopped
3 large shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
5 ounces frozen spinach
1 cup chopped roasted red peppers
1 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup crumbled feta
To prepare couscous, bring chicken stock and butter to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat, pour in couscous, and stir well. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork and place in a large bowl; stir in lemon juice and salt.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium high heat and sauté chicken sausage and shallots for 6 to 8 minutes or until sausage is browned and shallots are softened; add garlic and sauté 1 additional minute. Stir in frozen spinach and sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is heated through. Place chicken sausage mixture in the bowl with the couscous. Add roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, chickpeas, and feta to the bowl and stir well. Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition: 683 calories, 20.8g fat, 8.3g fiber, 31.1g protein per serving
Cost: $2.93 per serving