Archive | June, 2012

Deliciously delightful summery southwesterny couscous salad

21 Jun

**UPDATED**

My oldest sister made this delicious couscous salad and shared some with me. I’ve made it once myself and aside from all the chopping, it is not a lot of work. Plus it’s delicious, so it’s worth a little effort in the end.  I don’t remember what she called it, so feel free to give it your own delightfully delicious moniker.

1 cup uncooked couscous
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
3 T. olive oil
2 T. lime juice
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. cumin
**avocado
8 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
2 cans (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
salt/pepper to taste

**I completely forgot to mention that I like to throw in a couple of avocados as well. If you toss it into the dressing with the lime juice before mixing the rest of the ingredients in, the avocado pieces will stay nice and green, even for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

I like to top mine with tri-color tortilla strips. Yummm…

Boil broth, add in couscous, cover and remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Whisk oil, juice, vinegar and cumin together. Add to rest of ingredients and toss to coat.

Fluff the couscous, breaking up the chunks, and add to the rest. Season with salt & pepper.

It makes quite a bit. I made a recipe and a half, using one full box of Near East plain couscous, and I filled 1 1/2  largish tupperware bowls (not the huge one, but the half-size hugish one).

My older girls loved it, but the men of the house were less impressed. They seemed to think the couscous made it taste too “healthy”.  I would happily eat it as a meal by itself, but I served it with grilled chicken to give the boys some meat.

Enjoy!

Do you have any delightful summery recipes to share? Something new or an old favorite?

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What’s your butt’s maximum velocity?

12 Jun

Getting ready for the field trip.

BigHugs: Mrs. Scott said to wear your comfortable shoes to the zoo.

Mr. T: I like to wear my formal shoes to the zoo so I don’t feel underdressed when we see the penguins.

BigHugs: Does he really do that?  That’s weird.

I really can’t remember the last time Mr. T said something seriously.

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In the car.

Goose: Is this still your 80’s CD? Can we listen to something else?

Mr. T: Yeah, seriously.

DynaGirl: You guys have to learn to accept Mom’s past.

Don’t we all?

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Getting ready to go.

Me (to Mr. T): You better hurry your butt up!

Mr. T: My butt is at maximum velocity!

I wonder if my butt has ever been at maximum velocity.