This beautiful sight was tonight’s cheap, easy, and delicious weeknight dinner. The key ingredient here is Trader Joe’s “Soyaki” sauce. However, if you are so unfortunate to not live near a Trader Joes, you may purchase a similar product called “Soy Vey,” which is equally delicious. Our meal included the following: grilled chicken, couscous with peas and parsley, and baby green salad with asian vinaigrette dressing.
- Chicken breasts (one per person – Organic if you can find it)
- Soyaki or Soy Vey marinade
- Instant couscous (I use a cup of dry couscous for three servings)
- Frozen Peas
- Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
- Mixed baby green salad (or salad of your choice)
- Salad dressing (something to compliment the marinade flavors, which is why I chose the asian vinaigrette)
For the chicken:
Marinate the breasts in the sauce and let sit in the fridge (on a plate, covered with plastic wrap) for about an hour. After marinating, grill chicken on medium heat, drizzling the leftover sauce over the breasts. Grill about five minutes per side until cooked through, being cautious not to overcook to the point that it is no longer tender. Remove from heat and let rest for several minutes before cutting into.
For the couscous:
Couscous is a wonderful, easy side dish. It only takes about ten minutes to prepare, and any store-bought box will give you directions. I like to spice it up a bit by adding some frozen peas into the water before boiling, and chopping some Italian parsley to stir in after the couscous has set. I also add a dash of garlic powder to taste, if you so desire.
Toss some salad with your dressing of choice and you have yourself a quick, healthy, affordable and amazing dinner! We enjoyed this with a bottle of Pepperwood Grove merlot – a great value wine that usually runs about five dollars.