The Balanced Side

I’ve realized that I’ve been eating more and more like a vegetarian because I’m too lazy to think about cooking meat. When I go shopping, the ground turkey and chicken breasts go straight into the freezer because ordering chinese with friends sounds more fun than spending time in front of the stove.

But, see, Mac and cheese, scrambled eggs and hummus don’t exactly make for the most balanced meals. I have started running recently and I need to integrate more meat into my diet to keep me from getting too exhausted but the thing is I have to plan it out. I have to remind myself to defrost the chicken in the morning and then make sure I have at least an hour to make sure it’s cooked through and to make sides and eat. Chicken is fairly easy and low maintenence- season it with some garlic or onion powder, salt and pepper and let it sit in some olive oil in a medium-high saucepan. What you make around the chicken, though, is what really makes the dinner.

Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes

Couscous sounds fancy and complicated, but don’t fear- it really only takes seasoned boiling water to make this side dish great.

  • 1 5.4 oz box Marrakesh Express Couscous
  • 2 small Tomatoes (I like vine-ripened)
  • 1/4 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
  1. Prepare the couscous according to the mix (take advantage of boxed mixes like this and manipulate them into your own recipes- you won’t have to pay for each ingredient individually and they’re usually developed with time-sensitivity in mind!)
  2. Set your oven to broil (or even a toaster oven could work for this)
  3. While the couscous is being prepared, slice the upper portion off of the tomatoes and use a paring knife to cut out the insides, hollowing them out.
  4. Using a spoon, press the couscous inside of the tomato, filling it to the top
  5. Set both tomatoes on a aluminum foil-lined cookie sheet and top with the cheese
  6. Let broil for 8-10 minutes until the tomatoes look wrinkly and the cheese is melted and browned
  7. Enjoy!

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Categories: Food

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid.

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