In the last few posts we hinted that we were busy with an adventure or two. Well, we returned home today. We’re well rested, relaxed and in need of a post-vacation recovery. You know how those go…we ate too much, we packed a lot into a span of a few days and well, we traveled with two kids. It was a blast, it was memorable, it was full of laughs and smiles, and it was down-right exhausting.
Not to worry though, we’ll be back soon with that overly caloric, but fantastically delicious birthday/date night recipe we enjoyed a few weeks ago as well as some new Cuban cuisine. Until then, we thought we’d revisit a healthy and seasonal recipe from last year because quite frankly we need some healthy food this week. So enjoy, and feel free to take a guess where we were (Shhhh…if you already know!).
This particular dish makes use of the leftover roasted pumpkin we had from our risotto and makes for a great lunch or side salad. If you don’t have any leftover pumpkin on hand, it’s simple to roast up a fresh batch, just allow for an extra hour of cooking time.
So what is this easy, tasty and refreshing pumpkin recipe? The Pumpkin and Couscous Rocket Salad. Yep, it’s healthy and offers some much-needed freshness after all the Halloween sweets and treats. We started by preparing our couscous. We used a whole wheat couscous, chicken stock, dry white wine, fresh sage, lemon zest and lemon juice.
Next we scooped out some of the pumpkin couscous over the greens, topped that with feta and onion slices. We also threw on a few dried cranberries just for fun. Next we made a homemade lemon vinaigrette and grabbed our homemade croutons from a few days earlier and tossed those over the top as well.
This is another dish that just Mike and I enjoyed albeit not together. Thursday was one of those days that we were all running in different directions and grabbing meals when we could. I ate my salad as an early dinner on my way out the door and Mike ate his as a later dinner after work.
The kids, well, with as much cooking as we’ve done this past year, chicken nuggets have become somewhat of a rarity. And since they’re not big on salads, or pumpkin, and they still LOVE chicken nuggets, we figured they were due for a little treat. Needless to say, they were in heaven! Chicken nuggets and a night with their Papa who is full of games, stories and fun. I don’t even think Mike and I were missed.
As for our quick salad dinners, it wasn’t bad as far as salads go. It’s light, quick, refreshing and easy. I gave the salad 3 spoons and Mike gave it 2 spoons. He said it was good, but not memorable. I rarely find a salad really memorable, but I do enjoy them and will make this one again, so I’m still giving it higher marks. The highest marks go out to Papa though – I came home to a clean house and clean children that were sound asleep. Thanks again Papa!
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