Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cupboard Cooking Challenge Day 2: Cajun Chicken, Couscous, and Lemon Grilled Garlic Chips

Tonight was night number two of the Cupboard Cooking Challenge! It went just as well as last night... Part of me thinks J might be more impressed by my random cooking adventures from the last two nights than my big planned meals he's used to!

I just picked some random ingredients out of the cupboard and fridge today that I knew J loved... And it worked out for the best!

  • 1 box of couscous
  • 6 frozen chicken tenders (just the Albertson's brand) 
  • 3 small zucchinis (left over from last week... In their last moments of goodness, but cooked just in time!) 
  • 2 lemons 
  • A handful of spinach 
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • Drizzle of olive oil 
  • Cajun seasoning
  • A dash or two of black pepper
  1. Run the chicken tenders under hot water in the sink to thaw. (This just has to happen for five minutes) 
  2. While the chicken is thawing, boil the water for the couscous as directed on the box. 
  3. Cut chicken tenders into small pieces and drop into pan. 
  4. Sprinkle the chicken with cajun seasoning. (Warning: don't get too excited, it can get too salty fast. You can always use pepper to add more flavor!) 
  5. As soon as the water is done boiling pour it over the couscous and cover. Let it sit and cook itself. 
  6. Stir the chicken occasionally making sure it gets cooked through. 
  7. Cut up the zucchini in small chips. 
  8. Add to a pan with a handful or two of spinach. 
  9. Add minced garlic to the pan of veggies and drizzle with olive oil. 
  10. Juice both lemons into the veggie stir fry and stir. 
  11. Sprinkle with pepper. 
  12. Check the chicken. Once cooked through turn off heat. 
  13. Veggies are done once the spinach is dilapidated (not a good word, but not sure how else to put it... Help here?) and the zucchini chips are brownish. 
  14. Serve... and Enjoy! 
This was a very delicious little meal... J has grown used to my mini photo shoots of my dinner before we eat... Tonight he got involved and told me I serve my plate wrong. This is what he came up with:

All of the elements joined in a little pile of togetherness! 
And the proud plate maker... Wearing a ridiculous turtle shirt... I have not shared the turtle tales with you!
I'll add it to my "to blog" list! 
And mine... Just to compare:

If you can't tell I'm a purist. I like to mix my food by my own accord and not by phenomena and fate, much unlike J.

I'm a scarf addict right now. Good thing the weather is kind of cold here so I don't look absurd wearing them! 
Are you a purist too? Or do you like the beautiful disaster of a plate J has concocted? 


KY said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum that looks great!! Good for you for taking a challenge -- I'm challenged in the kitchen thats for sure! You and your hubs are super cute - I'm your newest follower and I look forward to reading more of your writings :o)


chris said... Best Blogger Tips

love it...but am breaking down and going to the store today. i have an amazing birthday celebration to prep for! bus is going to be 19. how is that possible? loves...mama bird