Grilled Chicken – I marinated split chicken breasts in a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and fresh oregano. I did look at a book for grilling them..The Best Recipe: Grilling and Barbecue only because I wanted to be sure about grilling bone-in chicken breasts on my gas grill. I followed their instructions and the breasts came out perfectly. Basically, you preheat the grill on high for 15 minutes, then clean the grates. Lower 2 burners to med-low and keep one burner on high. Brown the chicken on each side for about 2-3 minutes on the high burner, then move them to the cooler part of the grill. Grill for 10 minutes on one side and about 5 on the other. They came out perfect! Not dried out, not overly browned, just right.
Couscous – I did the couscous in my rice cooker, only because I didn’t feel like having another pot going on the stove. It’s kind of silly really because coucsous is so easy. I tossed the cooked couscous with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, some crumbled goat cheese feta, and fresh basil. It was good, though I don’t think I’m a big fan of couscous (but I’ve got several containers of it, so I will remain a fan, for at least awhile). I don’t know, mine was kind of dry, maybe because I cooked it in the rice cooker? But still it was tasty and the flavors blended well.
Beet greens – I have become very fond of beet greens, though I noticed last night that these tasted almost exactly like spinach. To cook them, I sauteed some garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil, added the greens and let them wilt down. I finshed them off with the juice from 1/2 a lemon. They were great. I had read somewhere that Greeks also like to eat their greens cold the next day. I have to agree with them, I had some of these leftover for lunch and they were excellent.
So…hurrah..I can cook without a book! But since I just bought Everyday Food: Great Food Fast and everything in it looks so wonderful and so simple, I will definitely be cooking from that book in the very near future.