With the warmer weather finally making its appearance, it is now time to start lightening up the meals a bit. Warmer weather calls for lighter meals. It means a lot more salads and a lot more vegetables, although we always eat a lot of vegetables any way, so it is kind of challenging to eat even more than we already do. I think we eat a much more varied amount of vegetables daily than a lot of vegans and vegetarians do.
Once again, my alter ego and friend in the kitchen, The Queen, came to pay me a visit. This time she donned her crown in Mediterranean fashion and this is the dish we created – Chicken Mediterranean.
As usual, I had little bits of this and that all needing to be used, as well some leftover Costco rotisserie chicken. I waved my magic wooden spoon a few times, and voila! Dinner was created.
I had a few red onions, a little spinach, about 1/2 a rotisserie chicken and some rosemary vinaigrette that were my base of things I needed to get used, and then I added mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes for the rest. Count them – 6 different vegetables. But this is normal for us. I love all kinds of vegetables, especially in the warmer weather.
I started off by cooking the heartier vegetables first in some lemon olive oil; the onions, pepper, mushrooms and garlic. Then added the rest a few minutes later.
The spinach was next along with the seasonings, cooking for just a few minutes longer. For seasonings, I kept it simple, with just salt, pepper and lemon pepper.
Last came the drained artichoke hearts and chopped tomatoes and the rosemary vinaigrette.
I cooked it all just long enough to heat it all up thoroughly before layering it all up on a bed of pearl couscous. Couscous first, then the chicken (heated in the microwave), followed by the vegetables, with warmed pita bread on the side. And of course there was wine! I added a cool, crisp Verdicchio, the latest wine that we just made. A Lot of Wine, A Lot of Fun YUM! A quick and easy-peasy Mediterranean dinner is served. My kind of meal!
Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.