As empty nesters, we enjoy visiting our kids where they live. Tomorrow we are flying (yes, Nor-Cal is pretty far away from So-Cal) to CSU Chico, visiting daughter Janice, for parents’ weekend. I couldn’t possibly stay away. Many events are planned– visit to the farmers market, Feather Falls day hike, Sierra Oro farm tour, and the 2010 Alzheimer’s Memory Walk through Bidwell Park, which happens to be the main charity project for Janice’s sorority (Sigma Kappa). We have signed up and donated money. Janice is also involved in a blood drive; like other members, she will give blood herself and then get two other people to give blood. My husband told her to pay them twenty dollars each or take them out for a twenty dollar meal, and he’d reimburse her. These are good causes, but it might save her time if she could pay them, he says. On Saturday Janice and I are going to cook dinner for her four suite-mates and any parents who come for the weekend. We’re making Chicken with Couscous Salad, served with fresh fruit and grilled zucchini flatbread. Never underestimate the good will of a home cooked meal.
The following ingredients serve four:
- 1 1/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1 (5.7-ounce) box uncooked couscous
- 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken (about 6 ounces)
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup diced radishes (about 3 large)
- 1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 garlic clove, minced
To prepare salad, bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually stir in couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Spoon couscous into a large bowl; cool slightly. Add chicken, onions, radishes, cucumber, parsley, and pine nuts; toss gently to combine.
To prepare dressing, combine vinegar and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss to combine.