In an effort to keep my meals healthy and my blog active, I've joined the group Craving Ellie in My Belly. We cook every week from Ellie Krieger's book, The Food You Crave. Friends of mine have this book and I've been very tempted by what I've seen, so I decided to take the plunge and buy it (as if is a torturous process for me to buy a new cookbook).
Ellie writes about needing a quick healthy meal, since she gets cranky when she is hungry. Hello? Have you met me? I am the CRANKIEST when I am hungry, tired, or hot. Tuesday night, after working two jobs, I had the potential to become super cranky and unpleasant if not fed soon. Did I mention also I am moving next week and the house is full of boxes, bubble wrap, and procrastination?
I had some leftover roasted chicken, so I repurposed it for use in this recipe. I went to find my tomatoes and realized that they were gone or had been packed already, so I had to use tomato paste to my advantage. This wasn't exactly what I am sure Ellie had in mind, but it was tasty. In fact, the tomato paste caramelized a bit and melded with the vinegar to make an almost barbecue like sauce. It made me very happy, and with less then 400 calories and 5 grams of fat a serving, not a huge dent in the diet!
Ellie reports this meal is an excellent source of all kinds of good stuff: stuff you've heard of like protein, fiber, magnesium, niacin, vitamins A, B6, and C. It's also full of some good stuff you may not have heard of, like Pantothenic Acid, which helps break your food down and convert it into energy, and Selenium, which works with antioxidants to help prevent serious disease.
Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach and Couscous
from Ellie Krieger, The Food You Crave
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
8 ounces baby spinach
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup low-sodium canned chopped tomatoes with juice
2 cups whole wheat couscous, cooked
Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and juices run clear. Remove the chicken and set aside. To the same pan, add the spinach and cook just until wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Lower the heat to medium and add the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth to the pan and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes.
Place the couscous in a serving bowl. Top with the spinach, chicken and balsamic-tomato sauce.
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