Sometimes substitutions work and sometimes they don’t. I had planned on serving Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Cilantro over couscous. Of course, when I wrote this down on menu planning day, I just assumed I had couscous in the pantry. Everyone has couscous in the pantry,right? Wrong.
I had already started the recipe and was most of the way through it before I realized I had no couscous. Why? Because couscous only takes like 5 minutes, so why worry about it, until you’re practically finished! So, being ever-so-quick on my feet, I decide on polenta. Everyone has polenta in the pantry, right? Wrong.
I am obviously sorely lacking in my pantry replenishing. I ended up using grits because I didn’t have time to get some pasta cooked. It was not the best choice. The grits had too much grits flavor. The chicken dish is more delicately flavored and the grits over powered it.
I found the recipe in Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast: 250 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Any Time of Day (Everyday Food)- as a matter of fact it’s the cover recipe. You can also follow the link in the first paragraph and find it on Martha’s site.