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Two for One Trader Joe’s Olive Tapenade

June 8, 2013

I don’t know about everyone else but I’m a big fan of quick and easy weeknight meals. Bonus points always if you can turn it into lunch for a day or two as well! It took me a long time to break Jason of his turkey sandwich habit… Seriously I call it a habit/addiction because he was eating this lunch every day for the past ten years…. No variation… Even on a trip out to lunch it was always turkey and Swiss.
We have tried to eliminate most breads unless its for a treat or homemade, and we are always on the lookout for a good leftover to bring for lunch. Something that we have discovered that both of us love is couscous salads! It’s quick and easy to make and usually will last us a few days.
So when I stumbled across a recipe for Feta/tomato/olive couscous salad I started to think about how that could work as a dinner and leftovers for lunch. So for dinner the night before we do balsamic chicken topped with tomato/olives/feta and while the chicken is cooking I make the couscous. When dinner is done we cut up all the leftovers and throw them into the couscous for lunch!

Here’s what you need:
1 package of thin sliced chicken breasts
1 package of Traders Joes Olive Tapenade
1-2 tomatoes
1 package of feta cheese
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
1 box couscous

For the chicken:
I start by putting the chicken in the grill pan and seasoning both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic. I then pour balsamic vinegar to coat the bottom of the pan and add a little water to it the acidity.

Here’s what you need


Cook the chicken evenly on both sides over medium high heat. Remove from the grill pan and take some olive tapenade to spread over each piece.


Once the tapenade is on each piece add some chopped tomato.


Now sprinkle with feta and they are good to go!


Now for the couscous.. I use the Israeli couscous from Trader Joe’s.


The trick with this couscous is to brown it in the pan with a little bit of olive oil first.


Then slowly add hot water to the couscous ( I heat the water in my tea kettle while I brown the couscous) then cook according to package.



When it’s done cooking, add all of your leftovers and there is lunch for tomorrow or even dinner for the next day!



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