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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
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
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

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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.

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

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Now sprinkle with feta and they are good to go!

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

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

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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.

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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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