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Spring Green Couscous

Spring Green Couscous
Recipe Date:
Serving Size:
6
Cook Time:
00:30:00
Difficulty:
Medium
Measurements:
Imperial (US)
Asparagus is in abundance during the late spring and early summer on Old Mission Peninsula. I picked up some fresh Michigan asparagus from the local farm stand and created this light and summery dish that can be prepared days in advance. Serve this with grilled shrimp splashed with fresh lemon juice, a panko coated chicken breast (see additional recipe below), or have it as a casual lunch with your favorite sandwich.
Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup Israeli (or Pearl) Couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh Michigan asparagus
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed under cold running water
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tsps fresh mint
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Feta
  • salt & pepper
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbs olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper. Set dressing aside.

Chop asparagus diagonally into 3/4 inch pieces.  On a large sheet pan, toss asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until bright green and crisp tender. Set asparagus aside.

In a large sauce pan, add 1 tbs olive oil, 1 cup couscous and a sprinkle of salt.  Saute 3-4 minutes over medium heat until lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Add 1 1/2 cups broth and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed, about 8-10 minutes stirring every few minutes so the couscous doesn’t stick to the bottom of pan.

Transfer couscous to a large mixing bowl. Add asparagus to the bowl along with the peas, dressing, feta, chives and mint. Toss well and serve.

Panko Chicken
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pound chicken breasts thin. Dredge in flour, then in whisked eggs, then in Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs. Drizzle olive oil in a large fry pan and cook chicken over medium high heat on both sides until golden brown. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet and cook in the oven until the chicken is cooked through (cooking time will vary by thickness.) Remove from oven, squeeze lots of fresh lemon juice over each breast, sprinkle with salt & pepper and serve.

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