Spiced Grilled Lemon Chicken Couscous Salad

This is one of my favourite easy weekday meals. A comforting and healthy meal that I enjoy.  So easy to prepare and cook after a busy day at work. I often substitute the chicken with salmon and in some occasions only have the salad itself. The salad is so versatile that you can add any meat or fish you prefer. In my lazy moments, I won’t hesitate to buy a pre-marinated chicken or fish and so the only thing I need to do is grill them and prepare the salad which takes less than 15 minutes.

Serves 4

KITCHEN KIT: knife, chopping board, a large bowl, a small bowl, a small whisk, a griddle pan and a tong.

Ingredients:

For the chicken marinade:

  1. 4 chicken breasts, scored
  2. 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  3. 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  4. 1 tsp. of dried parsley
  5. Juice of half a large lemon
  6. Salt and freshly ground pepper

For the salad:

  1. baby Pomodoro tomatoes, halves

2 bell peppers, chopped (red and yellow)

  1. green and black olives halved
  2. feta cheese, diced
  3. 200g of couscous (cooked with 200 ml. of hot water)
  4. 100 g. of mixed leaves and rocket salad

For the salad dressing:

  1. ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  2. Juice of 1 large lemon
  3. ¼ tsp. of chilli flakes
  4. ¼ tsp of salt
  5. ¼ tsp. of freshly grounded black pepper

 

Method:

The Chicken:

  1. Mix all the chicken marinade listed above, marinade the chicken in an airtight container in the fridge overnight or for at least 3 hours. Alternatively, buy a pre-marinated chicken, widely available in many supermarkets in U.K.
  2. Place the griddle pan over a very high heat, allow the pan to heat up for 1-2 minutes. When the pan is hot, add the marinated chicken and cooked on each side for 2-3 minutes. Then set aside.

The Salad and dressing:

  1. In a large bowl, place all the salad ingredients together and toss gently.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk all the salad dressings and pour over the salad.
  3. Add the cooked chicken and serve.

Peanut Butter Milk Shake

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I love peanut butter milk shake, I also adore peanut butter and chocolate and peanut butter with caramel and ice cream. I even love peanut butter by itself! I think the only other person I know of who loves it more than I do is Charlotte, a friend of mine who is probably the biggest peanut butter fan out there! She and I used to spend our afternoons at work talking about peanut butter chocolates, peanut butter M&Ms and day dream about it until we both feel hungry and annoyed we can’t have it right away!  I have recently discovered a kids paradise near where I live, a shake shop that sells amazing milk shakes, ice cream, sweets and treats for all ages!!   www.shakeshop.co.uk

I love going to this shake shop and wouldn’t mind queuing for ages amongst the 4-5 years old just to have my regular Saturday treat ‘ the ultimate peanut butter milk shake’. In one unfortunate Saturdays I couldn’t unfortunately go to my favourite shake shop, so I had to come up with an emergency solution and make it at home instead. Not as good as the Witney Shake Shop peanut butter milk shake, serve with crushed Oreo toppings, but it will do as a Plan B option! Here’s my take on a Plan B Peanut butter milkshake!

KITCHEN KIT:

A blender

 

Ingredients Serves 1 (just for me sorry):

1.  300ml full fat milk

2.  4 tbsp. very good vanilla ice cream

3. Reese’s cups (2 packs 6 pieces)

4. 1 tbsp. peanut butter spread

5. A few sprinkles of cocoa powder (optional)

 

The Peanut Butter Shake:

1. Blend or Blitz all the ingredients except for the cocoa powder for 1 minute and done!

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Serve immediately.

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