Since the stress of having way to much to do is wiping my mind clean of good blogging ideas, I thought I'd finish up some of these recipe posts I've been wanting to finish. This one is one of our new favorites - super easy, healthy, and different enough from normal to feel special:) Both are from Cooking Light!
The side dish is one of those easy things that sounds fancier (doesn't any dish automatically sound more high class with arugula in it?)
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup uncooked couscous
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups arugula
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in uncooked couscous and salt. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in arugula, olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper.
And that's it! Such a great side for any kind of middle eastern styled dish.
Of course, you need such a dish to eat with it, and this moroccan turkey is great! Technically, the recipe calls for lamb, but turkey is a great substitution.
- 1 pound lean ground lamb
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups vertically sliced onion
- 1/2 cup (1/4-inch) diagonally cut carrot
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 (15 1/2-ounce can) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
How to Make It:
- 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey to pan; cook 6 minutes, stirring to crumble.
- 2. Remove turkey from pan with a slotted spoon. Discard drippings.
- 3. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and carrot to pan; sauté 4 minutes.
- 4. Add cumin, cinnamon, coriander, and pepper; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
- 5. Add reserved lamb, broth, and next 5 ingredients (through chickpeas); bring to a boil.
- 6. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until mixture thickens.
- 7. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro and lemon juice.
Of course, being me, I added a huge amount of cumin and coriander to the turkey, and it was fabulous.
Such a great dinner - definitely give it a try!