Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dinner in 30 Minutes (maybe a few more)

It is after Thanksgiving break--and I am officially in crunch mode for upcoming finals.  I look at my fridge--and there really is not a lot to eat.  Look in the pantry--and then I start to come up with some ideas.  I have a time constraint too--I need to cook something fast in order to stay on my study schedule.  The meal I came up with--herb crusted chicken breasts, cous cous with sauteed spinach and tomatoes, sliced cucumbers with Newman's Own Olive Oil & Vinegar.

Ingredients for Chicken
2 tbs of unsalted butter
3 tbs of EVOO
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup panko break crumbs
1 tbs Italian seasoning
salt & pepper

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter & EVOO in a small frying pan.  Let it cool slightly. In the meantime, mix the bread crumbs, Italian seasoning on a plate.  Dip each side of the chicken breast into the butter mixture, and then each side in the bread crumb mixture.  Place in a pyrex pan (or a glass pan) and bake for about 25 minutes until thoroughly cooked.

Ingredients for cous cous
1 cup of whole wheat cous cous
2 cups of water
1 tbs EVOO (for cous cous)
2 tbs EVOO (for tomatoes and spinach)
1 cup chopped tomatoes
3 cups of baby spinach

1) Bring 2 cups of water and EVOO to a boil.
2) Keeping in mind that a watched pot never boils, sautee the spinach and tomatoes in a frying pan with EVOO.  Cook for about 5 minutes.
3) When the water is boiling, add cous cous and cover.  Let it sit for about 2 minutes so the cous cous fully cooks.  Fluff the cous cous and add the tomato spinach mixture.


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