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Recipe: Moroccan Couscous with Sweet & Spicy Chicken and Garlic Spinach

Sweet & Spicy Chicken: Melt butter over medium high heat; season chicken; sear in skillet 3 minutes on each side (till browned), then cover and cook for 15-20 minutes (until juices run clear).

Garlic Spinach: Melt butter of medium heat, add garlic and spinach, season and sautee 3-5 minutes, just until spinach is wilted. Serve as a side dish, or fold into finished couscous (recipe below).

  • 2 c. spinach
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. prepared garlic
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Moroccan Couscous: bring water, couscous, and bouillon to boil; reduce heat and cook for 8-10 minutes; add rest of ingredients and warm through.

  • 1 c. uncooked couscous
  • 1 ¼ c. water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • Cinnamon – ½ tsp.
  • Ginger – ½ tsp. grated ginger root (or a pinch of ground ginger)
  • Lemon Zest – zest of ½ lemon
  • Garlic – ½ tsp. prepared
  • Apricot – 6 dried halves, chopped
  • Golden raisins – ¼ c.
  • ¼ c. slivered almonds
  • 2  Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Simple, Sweet Tahini Spread

This one is very similar to the post I did about Tahini Candy. I’m trying to shy away from the term candy because this is 100% good for you! And I have pictures this time! Also, I got to use my new food processor on this one, which works much, much better than the blender did! Thanks, babe, for buying me my new kitchen toy, I mean, tool.

Okay, this should be simple to remember. It’s just 1/3 c. of everything!

  • 1/3 c. tahini
  • 1/3 c. organic peanut butter
  • 1/3 c. dried figs
  • 1/3 c. dried dates
  • 1/3 c. raisins
  • 1/3 c. chopped dark chocolate chunks (I used 85% Lindt)
  • 1/3 c. coconut flakes

Throw everything in the food processor and let it do it’s job! (Note: you might want to chop the figs and dates in half before adding to make the processing time shorter.) I cleaned out my empty tahini jar and filled it with the spread. This will make it easy to add a tablespoon to my oatmeal, yogurt, or waffles in the morning. It also makes an adorable gift (in my opinion)! I brought the original version with 2 waffles to work today. I shared it with my friend and coworker Amanda, and she loved it! I hope you do too!

Recipe: Tahini Candy Waffle Topper!

I did a post a little while ago about Tahini being useful for more than just making a good hummus. One of the suggestions that Whole Foods Blog gave was Tahini candy. They told you what to put in, but didn’t say how much, so I took a shot at it.

I used about 1/3 cup each of raisins, chopped dates, and chopped figs. Then I used probably close to 3/4 c. of Tahini (sesame seed paste). I put all of this in the blender (since my food chopper’s motor gave up the ghost). I would recommend a food processor, but I didn’t have one at the time, so I just put it in the blender. The WF blog said to roll it into balls and coat with either coconut or cocoa powder. Well, I thought I’d try throwing about 1/4 c. chopped dark chocolate into the mix instead of coating it. Then I tried to roll it and it was way too sticky, so I spread it out in a small pan, sprinkled it with coconut flakes, and let it chill overnight.

Tahini kind of smells like a nut butter yet it’s different than peanut butter, so when you’re thinking of what to do with this, think, “What would I do with peanut butter?” And go for it! The first day, I put a Tablespoon of it in my oatmeal, which was quite tasty. Today, I spread it on my Nature’s Path Organic waffles, and I think I’m in love! Delic! And oh, so good for you! Tahini is a good source for calcium and folate! Like any nut butter, it’s a little high in fat, so stick with a Tablespoon or two. Enjoy! I think I’ll try it on apple slices next!

Welcome, Spring! (Mar. 19, 2010)

It is an absolutely gorgeous day! Wish I were outside to enjoy it! But I will have to wait until later this afternoon. Maybe I will go for a run before our bonfire birthday party tonight.

This week has been an incredibly busy week, but overall it’s been good. Daffodils and crocuses are popping up everywhere, grass is turning green, the sun is shining and the skies are a gorgeous blue! My garden is starting to grow and I can’t wait to be outside tomorrow (as long as I remember to take my allergy medicine first). Yes, it’s that time of year. Hopefully I will be able to prep the ground for my second garden box this weekend. Looking forward to it!

New life springing up around me reminds me of the new life Christ sprung up inside of me. I am purposing to remember that with each flower I see blooming, each rain drop, and each sunbeam. Christ died and rose again that the winter of my life may end and blossom into springtime in my heart.

On Monday, I took a day off to study for a test to go back to school. I’ve officially been accepted at Greenville Tech for the Personal Trainer program. I’m very excited! Well, turns out I didn’t need to take the test after all (since I already have a B.A. in English), so I left there and went to this great little Mediterranean market and found some 100% natural jams (fig and apricot), dried fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. (and all at much lower prices than the grocery stores). Then I went home and sliced up some bananas, pineapple, apples, and a pear, and put them in my dehydrator. Haven’t used it in years, and now that I’ve done it again, I have NO idea why I’ve been waiting to use it. It’s so easy and I love dried fruit. I eat it as a snack at least once a day. Pineapple is my favorite, but they’re all good. I used all organic fruits, so I know it’s good for me.