Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cooking Light Recipes

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of my favorite cookbooks is Cooking Light: Salads.  You can get most of the recipes on line.  Here are links to some of my favorites:

Cuban Beans and Rice

Here's another salad recipe we make for dinner in the summer.  I adapted it from a recipe in Shape Magazine.  I've played with the proportions and you can too.  Add more of what you like, less of what you don't.

Couscous, Tomato and Basil Salad
1 cup whole wheat couscous
2 cups very warm water
1 cup frozen or fresh peas
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, diced or 1 fresh tomato, diced
1/2 cup feta cheese
2 T fresh basil, chopped or julienned
Olive Oil

Mix the couscous and water together, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and add peas, tomatoes, cheese, and basil.  Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.  

Alternative preparation:  Mix all ingredients together, cover and chill in the fridge overnight.  The water doesn't need to be warm for this and there is no need to defrost the peas either.  The flavors will meld better and you serve it cold instead of warm. 


Jill and Dane said...

your posts are so helpful and informative! I guess that is fitting for a Maven like yourself... but I have enjoyed reading them, and plan on putting some of them into action soon!

Michael Family said...

I have a really similar couscous salad recipe, and it is dee-lish with toasted pine nuts on top!

Jarrett Family said...

Hey Jen. The twins are getting so big! They are just adorable! We feel so bad that we won't be able to make it to the sealing, but you know how it is with little ones and trying to travel. Hope all goes well and also thank you for the cookbook for Christmas. Bobby thanks you too because I have used it a lot and have found many great recipes in it. We love and miss you guys :)