Check out this week’s recipe!

Hello all! I am actually remembering to post my recipe this week.

My husband and I are in love with couscous. It is such a versatile grain and can have just about anything added to it. We think it is more versatile than brown rice or even quinoa. At any rate, we found a new couscous – Israeli couscous, which is bigger than normal couscous and has a slightly different taste.

We found ours at Trader Joe’s in Maple Grove, but I am pretty sure you can find it in other stores as well. Although, it maybe harder to find in smaller towns. The first time we made it, we followed the recipe that was on the back of the box. The next time, we changed it up a bit and added our own twist on it. The recipe I am including is the one from the box with bell peppers added to it. I am including two pictures – one from the first time we made it and one from the second time.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Here’s the recipe:

3 tbs margarine

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup shallots, diced

1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous

1/2 cinnamon stick

1 3/4 cup fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

Zest from half a lemon

1 bay leaf

1. Melt 1 tbs of margarine in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts and stir until golden brown. Transfer to small bowl.

2. Melt remaining 2 tbs of margarine in the same pan over medium heat. Add shallots and bell peppers and sauté until softened or shallots are golden in color. Add dry couscous, cinnamon stick and bay leaf; stirring often until couscous slightly browns.

3. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest and pine nuts. Remove bay leaf and cinnamon stick before serving.

Serves: 6

PointsPlus value per serving: 6

Here are the pictures:

The first couscous

The second couscous

 

 

 

Counterintuitive?

Hello everyone! Yes, I know, I have been absent again. I apologize. I really do. I am sorry I haven’t updated my blog for quite some time, but seriously, I have been kind of busy. Okay, maybe not THAT busy, but maybe lazy?

Well, I have some EXCITING news to share. At least for me it was exciting. And I hope I don’t come across as bragging, because that is SO not what I am doing. I am just excited.

Today, Saturday, October 15, was our annual meeting for Weight Watchers. The meeting, which was held in Pequot Lakes, was where we got to learn about upcoming changes and everything else for the next year. Kind of exciting, if you ask me. Really, exciting, actually.

AND……besides learning about new and upcoming changes, we also celebrate. Celebrate the past year. Attendance, weight loss, etc.

Well………I was honored today and it made me SOOOOOOOO excited. I never saw it coming, that’s for sure. My territory manager, Jill, who led today’s meeting, presented me with the Jean Nidetch Leader of the Year Service Vision Award! Basically, I was named Leader of the Year!!!! And that brought a tear – or two – to my eye!

If you don’t know who Jean Nidetch is, she founded Weight Watchers nearly 50 years ago!

Below, is a picture of my award and a picture of me with my territory manager. It was hard to take a picture of the award – it is a glass plate, that sits on a stand. I took a picture of it without the stand.

 

 

When I got home from the meeting, my awesome husband thought we should go out to eat and celebrate. I couldn’t agree more. I was on cloud nine. So, we decided to go to Bella’s on Broadway, an awesome pasta restaurant in downtown Alexandria. After we ordered our wine (yes, a whole bottle!) and dinner (yes, I chose a rich pasta dish!), my husband said, “Isn’t this kind of counterintuitive?” Well, maybe.

But for tonight, it doesn’t matter. I am celebrating. I am happy. I love my job. I love my members AND, it just doesn’t get any better.

Or does it? (See below!)

Yes. I. Did.

Well, at least I shared it with my hubby!