This week my East Coast Affiliates in VT, RI, and NY (/my mom, dad and sister) have reported temperatures in the 80's-90's. I thought maybe I could will it to be as warm in Chicago by cooking a light, summery meal.
I picked up a box of whole wheat couscous at Trader Joe's, along with some mini grape tomatoes, flat leaf parsley, green onion, and a can of chickpeas. I cooked 1 1/4 cup of the couscous in 1/2 cup hot water, adding about 1/2 cup of lemon juice, about a teaspoon of cumin, and several good drizzles of olive oil. I then added some chopped parsley, about a cup of chopped green onion, halved tomatoes, and the can of chickpeas (rinsed & drained). I seasoned with salt and pepper, gave it a good stir, and let the salad sit in the fridge so that the flavors could come together.
Trevor picked up 1/2 a pound of great looking shrimp at Dirk's Fish, which I peeled and de-veined and tossed with some olive oil, S&P, and paprika, and "grilled" on the stove.
We don't often eat seafood in Chicago (the good stuff tends to be expensive, and it's not always that good), but these shrimp were definitely worth the $10/half pound. The salad was fresh and healthful, and would work with any number of ingredients or fresh herbs. Though it's not yet warm out, this dinner was a little reprieve from the cold and rainy weather.