Sunday, November 23, 2008

Exotic Recipes and a Down-Home Giveaway!

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We're going exotic today, with three great Mediterranean dishes from Vanessa over at The Yellow Brick Road. So, take it away, Vanessa!

Mediteranean Chicken & Couscous Salad (from Eating Light)
1 box (5.8 oz.) garlic and olive-oil flavored couscous
1 can (19 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed
2 purchased roasted-chicken breast halves (about 5 oz. each), removed from the bone and sliced.
4 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup bottled light olive oil & vinegar dressing
2 Kirby (pickling) cucumbers, quartered and sliced
1 jar (6 oz.) roasted red peppers, cut in thin strips
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup each, snipped dill and sliced scallions

Prepare couscous according to package directions. In a large bowl, combine the couscous, chickpeas, chicken, spinach, dressing, and half the cucumbers, roasted peppers, feta, dill and scallions. To serve: spoon mixture on serving plates. Sprinkle with remaining ingredients.

Pork & Apples with Sweet Potatoes (from Eating Light)
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 Tsp. each, salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pork tenderloin (12 oz., see note)
1 Tbsp. oil
4 scallions, thinly sliced, green and white parts separated
2 sweet potatoes (3/4 lb.), peeled and sliced in 3/4-inch chunks
1/2-cup dried cranberries
1 can (14 oz.) fat-free chicken broth
1 red apple, cored and cut in thin wedges
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. butter

Mix flour, salt and pepper on wax paper. Cut pork crosswise in 12 slices and coat with flour mixture. Heat oil in large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add pork and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side until lightly browned and just barely pink in center. Remove to plate. Add white part of scallions, sweet potatoes, cranberries and broth to drippings in skillet. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat, 7 to 9 minutes, until potatoes are just fork-tender. Add apple, cover and simmer until soft. Add mustard and butter; stir to melt. Return pork and any juices on plate to skillet; heat through. Sprinkle with green part of scallions.

Note: Pork tenderloins are often sold packaged in pairs. If you get two, one can be frozen up to three months.

Moroccan Un-Stuffed Peppers (from Eating Light)
8 oz. dried, whole wheat couscous (about 1 1/3 cups)
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1 1/4 lb. lean ground turkey
3 cups frozen bell pepper strips, or 2 medium red or yellow bell peppers, finely diced (about 2 cups)
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 Tsp. ground cumin
1 Tsp. each onion powder and ground cinnamon
3/4 Tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/3 cup slivered almonds

Cook couscous according to package directions and set aside. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add turkey, peppers, carrots, raisins, cumin, onion powder, cinnamon and salt and cook, breaking up chunks of turkey until vegetables are tender, and turkey is no longer pink, about 5 to 7 minutes. Whisk broth and flour in a small bowl. Add to turkey mixture and stir until liquid thickens, about 2 minutes. Serve in individual bowls over couscous and top with slivered almonds.


Cindy said...

I made a linky :) Mmmmm, everything looks so good!

Anonymous said...

Great recipes! I've been on a sweet potato kick I'll have to try the pork and apples with sweet potatoes....yum!!!

Vanessa Rogers said...

What great recipes, where ever did you get them? Hee hee. Thanks for sharing. Also, that sweet potato dish is much better if you had spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and chili powder. Thanks for sharing my dishes :)

Vanessa Rogers said...

What great recipes, where ever did you get them? Hee hee. Thanks for sharing. Also, that sweet potato dish is much better if you had spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and chili powder. Thanks for sharing my dishes :)

Tracy P. said...

That salad looks delicious!! YUM! Quick like a mom always said that. ;-)

Marrdy said...

Those actually look very good and I'm not even hungry. (well, now I am!!)

Michelle said...

Oooooo, that cous cous sounds pretty good there. Yum! I can't wait to see what you offer up tomorrow.

Debi said...

Some really great recipes!! On all of the blogs!!
I tried to email Veggie mom... my recipes... but can't seem to get to the site!! It won't let me... tells me site can't be found. Not sure what I did wrong... but will try again. can email me at
I will try again soon. Thank you!
Sorry to be a pain!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

TMI said...

Ok seriously that salad is making my mouth water. And it's 1 am! I'm scribbling down the recipe this instant. I guess we know what's for dinner tomorrow night!!!

Kathleen said...

Those Moroccan stuffed peppers sound great! I'm always looking for exotic recipes that I can't mess up.

Simply AnonyMom said...

all 3 look so tasty! I am going tyo try at least one for sure! What a great new way to eat old food!

domesticgoddess said...

I love that there are healthy recipes for the last click! These sound yummy!