Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower Pitas.

These chipotle roasted cauliflower pitas are amazing! Spicy cauliflower with hummus, feta and greens stuffed in a super fluffy, warm pita makes for a satisfying and delish meal. I love a good meatless monday meal! When a meatless meal comes out of my kitchen, it’s not always my intention to create one! I really just […]

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These chipotle roasted cauliflower pitas are amazing! Spicy cauliflower with hummus, feta and greens stuffed in a super fluffy, warm pita makes for a satisfying and delish meal.

I love a good meatless monday meal!

chipotle roasted cauliflower pitas

When a meatless meal comes out of my kitchen, it’s not always my intention to create one! I really just throw together what sounds good at the moment and before I know it… delicious dinner on the table sans meat.

That’s kind of what happened with these cauliflower pitas!

chipotle roasted cauliflower

These pitas are warm and fluffy, stuffed with a blanket of hummus, a spoonful of spicy, toasty cauliflower and a sprinkle of feta.

DELISH.

homemade pita bread

So. I often roast cauliflower with chipotle chili powder – and top it with cheddar, but that’s neither here nor there! – and decided to make it the main dish. Thrown inside the pita bread? Yes please!

This cauliflower is tossed with chipotle chili powder, garlic, smoked paprika, and olive oil before it’s roasted to perfection. Cauliflower was the first vegetable I ever liked when roasted. I even thought it sort of tasted like… popcorn? Weird, I know.

Anyway, I love it! And it’s so fantastic coated in the spices and roasted until golden and toasty. It’s so darn good, you will want to eat it straight off the baking sheet.

chipotle roasted cauliflower

Now when it comes to the pita bread, I’m a huge advocate for making your own if you 1. have done it before and have the time and/or 2. aren’t in a huge rush.

Homemade pitas are far superior to store bought. They are so much softer and fluffier. They are more pliable so you can actually fold your pita sandwich. And they are usually more flavorful too!

pita bread with hummus

But if you’re looking for a quick weekend meal? I’d just buy them. For instance: if I was making these at home, I’d make the pitas because I’ve done it a million times and can do it easily. If Eddie was making these, he’d buy the pitas because making them homemade would add a layer of stress. 

Definitely a no-go on a weeknight.

pita with hummus and cauliflower

While I LOVE the homemade pitas and want you to make them, I suggest doing so on a day when you have more time or even a weekend morning. They are a true delight, and once you make them, you will be hooked. I swear!

chipotle roasted cauliflower pitas

So when it comes to the meal, when you’ve got the pitas, this comes together SO quickly! 

You really only need three ingredients aside from the cauliflower: hummus, feta cheese and micro or spring greens.

chipotle roasted cauliflower pitas

This part is super customizable too. I love a classic hummus, but you could use any flavor here that you love. Use your favorite, whether it’s roasted garlic or red pepper – whatever you enjoy. Then the feta sprinkle goes on the cauliflower and the greens go on top. (more…)

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Pesto Meatball Melts.

These pesto meatball melts are a satisfying weeknight meal! Pesto turkey meatballs on a toasty baguette with lots of cheese. Delish! Have a ton of garden basil hanging around? I’ve got you covered! These pesto meatball melts make for the most satisfying weeknight meal. They are super versatile and a great way to utilize some […]

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These pesto meatball melts are a satisfying weeknight meal! Pesto turkey meatballs on a toasty baguette with lots of cheese. Delish!

Have a ton of garden basil hanging around? I’ve got you covered!

pesto meatball melts

These pesto meatball melts make for the most satisfying weeknight meal. They are super versatile and a great way to utilize some pesto you may have at the end of the summer season! 

pesto on a baguette

This is one of those meals that I *thought* would be good, but didn’t realize just HOW good it would be until I started making it regularly. 

Oh my word. 

We LOVE this dish. It’s so flavorful and a different way to enjoy meatballs.

turkey pesto meatballs

I got the idea of the melt from my french onion meatballs. Love serving those on top of sourdough. I didn’t want to make a full blown meatball sub with these, but I knew I wanted to do something cheesy and sandwichy.

Sandwichy. I guess that’s a word now. 

So meatball melts were born! 

pesto meatball melts

I like using sliced baguettes here, but of course you could use toast or even a bun if it’s what you have on hand. And my preference is to use ground turkey, but of course you can use ground chicken or beef too!

I love adding the pesto to meatballs because it’s like the pesto is working overtime for you. The pesto is already loaded with basil and garlic and parmesan. Adding that to the meatballs means it’s almost all we have to add – no need for a ton of stuff! I do this in my mini pesto meatball soup and it’s perfect.

pesto meatball melts

After testing these a few times, I decided that I do like a little extra parmesan. I know, shocking. But other than that, it’s really just the pesto, some breadcrumbs and eggs to bring it all together. So super simple and such a great way to use up basil from the garden or another kind of pesto you may have.

I love making fresh pesto – I make a batch almost every single week. I also will freeze it at the end of the summer season so I always have it on hand. However! If you’re in a pinch and want to bring a flavorful meal together, you can always use your favorite store-bought pesto. It really is that easy.

pesto meatball melts

So back to the melts.

I like to spread pesto on the baguette too. Yes, if you haven’t figured this out by now, it is for pesto lovers! Top pesto-covered baguettes with meatballs, top with cheese and throw in the oven for a few minutes. 

This is heavenly!

pesto meatball melts

You can serve them for dinner, of course. You could also make them a game day snack by slicing the baguette into bite-size squares and topping with just one meatball. So like little meatball melt squares. Really the options are endless.

They’re warm and cheesy and toasty and so hearty. We love ’em! (more…)

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Fig Burrata Caprese.

This fig caprese is perfect for late summer! Creamy burrata cheese, fresh basil, good olive oil and balsamic glaze makes it incredible. Fig season is here!  If you’re looking for the perfect side dish or snack tonight, I’ve got you covered. The creamiest burrata cheese, juicy figs, olive oil and balsamic for a simple but […]

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This fig caprese is perfect for late summer! Creamy burrata cheese, fresh basil, good olive oil and balsamic glaze makes it incredible.

Fig season is here! 

fig caprese salad

If you’re looking for the perfect side dish or snack tonight, I’ve got you covered. The creamiest burrata cheese, juicy figs, olive oil and balsamic for a simple but insanely flavorful dish.

Words can’t express how good this is! 

fresh fig

Classic caprese happens in our house ALL the time. I even made it last night to have as a side with my lemon butter chicken from Everyday Dinners. I’ve definitely done my own spin on the caprese many times… such as a hot bacon version, caramelized peach, watermelon, strawberry and stone fruit. Just to name a few.

But I’ve never done figs and well there is a first time for everything. Best day ever! 

burrata cheese

I just love when figs are in season.

They are the perfect fruit to bridge the gap from summer to fall. And the season is so short that it makes the few weeks that they are available extra special.

fresh fig on burrata

So why not make a savory, delish salad or snack with them?

I’m very much team-snack when it comes to figs. Dried figs are a HUGE favorite of mine. I’ve eaten them as a snack for ages. 

The fresh ones are so good too, and I love pairing them with something savory like this. 

fresh figs with burrata and olive oil

Clearly this recipe is not complicated. I love to use burrata cheese because, well… it’s burrata! But if you can’t find it or don’t want to splurge, go with fresh mozzarella. Sliced or small pearls work – whatever your preference is. 

fig caprese salad

I tend to use turkish figs because they are the most available to me. But I also really love black mission figs. Again, whichever you can get your hands on here, or whichever version you love.

The rest? Super super simple.

Fresh basil leaves. Keep them whole or chop ‘em up. 

Really good olive oil, like Ina Garten style. Make it high quality, extra virgin. Super fruity! 

Balsamic glaze! I just buy it these days because it’s so accessible.  (more…)

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Cherry Tomato Zucchini Skillet Lasagna.

This zucchini skillet lasagna is made with a burst cherry tomato sauce, topped with creamy ricotta and baked to perfection. It’s so good and perfect for a late summer weeknight meal. It may still be hot out but I’m getting ready for cozy meals! I’ve decided that this zucchini skillet lasagna is how I’m going […]

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This zucchini skillet lasagna is made with a burst cherry tomato sauce, topped with creamy ricotta and baked to perfection. It’s so good and perfect for a late summer weeknight meal.

It may still be hot out but I’m getting ready for cozy meals!

zucchini skillet lasagna

I’ve decided that this zucchini skillet lasagna is how I’m going to ease into comfort food for the fall. It’s such a satisfying, comforting recipe that you can make all month with the zucchini growing in your garden. It’s super delicious and makes for the most satisfying meal.

sliced zucchini

Last year I shared this zucchini lasagna bolognese and WOW. Oh my gosh, I think about it every single week. I want to make it every week! It is so absolutely delicious – so satisfying and hearty at the same time. 

While it’s amazing, the only downside is that it’s a bit high maintenance. I mean, isn’t all lasagna? Yes, the answer to that is yes.

When it comes to zucchini lasagna, instead of taking the time to boil noodles (or, uh, use no boil!), you salt the slices and let them sweat out all the water. It takes some time, but you can use that time to prep the rest of the dish.

burst tomatoes in a skillet

I love zucchini lasagna so much and I was just dying to create an easier version. And zucchini skillet lasagna was born!

zucchini skillet lasagna

Initially, I had no idea how to make it happen. I really wanted to make a lattice zucchini topping, but I was afraid it would be too much work for a weeknight meal. I also didn’t know if it would end up being soft enough to slice through. So zucchini ribbons to the rescue!

The zucchini ribbons are PERFECT. They really resemble noodles. At least I think so. No, I will never think that spiralized vegetables are just like pasta noodles, but they are their own kind of noodles! I love how light and refreshing they can be – and that carries over into the entire dish. It’s really good. 

zucchini skillet lasagna

While I love the zucchini ribbons, they aren’t the only star of this dish. Burst, saucy cherry tomatoes make an appearance too. And they are a total game changer.

Right now tomatoes are SO good and so sweet since it’s summer. However, you could totally make this in the cooler months too, because allowing the tomatoes to burst in a skillet gives them a lot more flavor.

ricotta cheese on zucchini

The result is this garlicky, cherry tomato base that is incredible. I brown ground beef or turkey and then combine that with the burst tomatoes. Add in the zucchini ribbons, top with lots of ricotta and parmesan. Bake the baby and shower with crushed red pepper.

It’s phenomenal!  (more…)

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Crispy Halloumi Fajitas.

We love these crispy halloumi fajitas for dinner! Toasty cheese, warm tortillas, marinated peppers and onions, topped with avocado. Delish! This is easily my new favorite weeknight meal!  These halloumi fajitas are full of crispy crunchy cheesy texture and are the perfect dish to spice up your weeknight meals!  Because if you’re anything like me, […]

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We love these crispy halloumi fajitas for dinner! Toasty cheese, warm tortillas, marinated peppers and onions, topped with avocado. Delish!

This is easily my new favorite weeknight meal! 

crispy halloumi fajitas

These halloumi fajitas are full of crispy crunchy cheesy texture and are the perfect dish to spice up your weeknight meals! 

Because if you’re anything like me, you end up making the same dish over and over and over… and over!… again. 

marinated peppers and onions

Fajitas are a major weeknight staple in our house. I make them multiple ways – on a sheet pan, sometimes in a skillet on the stovetop or often on the grill. Just depends on the season, my mood and, well… the weather! 

Regardless of how I make them, they are easily one of our favorites – for ALL of us. And that’s saying something! It’s a meal that everyone in the house is super into and we really enjoy. We also tend to have leftovers and spoiler alert: the leftovers are just as delicious! I may repurpose the leftovers as is, or use them on salads, on pizza, really anything.

halloumi cheese

Our fajita nights have a rotation to them: we do steak fajitas a lot. Then I’d say it’s a tie between shrimp fajitas and chicken fajitas! Again it depends on what I have in the fridge and what else we’re eating that week.

So I am super excited to bring you this recipe: halloumi fajitas!! Basically, CHEESE FAJITAS.

Could we even ask for anything more?

crispy halloumi fajitas

We have seared, crispy halloumi cheese. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s fabulous. I’ve made halloumi hummus bowls (out of this world), grilled halloumi with watermelon, a halloumi greens salad and grilled veggie + halloumi skewers. All incredible! 

The halloumi crisps up to this wonderful, toasty cheese that doesn’t melt. It’s hearty enough to use as the “main” in these fajitas and I could not be more excited!

I still like to use my traditional peppers and onions and fajita spice mix to bring that all together. But it’s just SO easy. 

Sear the halloumi in a skillet. Remove it, then do the peppers and the onions! BOOM. You’re done.  (more…)

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Summer Tortellini Carbonara.

This summer tortellini carbonara is such a treat! Made with fresh sweet corn, basil and crispy bacon, it’s an easy, delicious weeknight meal. Monday night dinner, comin’ in hot! This summer carbonara is a lovely little weeknight meal, made with super sweet, fresh corn off the cob (I don’t cook it!) and crispy, crunch bacon. […]

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This summer tortellini carbonara is such a treat! Made with fresh sweet corn, basil and crispy bacon, it’s an easy, delicious weeknight meal.

Monday night dinner, comin’ in hot!

summer tortellini carbonara

This summer carbonara is a lovely little weeknight meal, made with super sweet, fresh corn off the cob (I don’t cook it!) and crispy, crunch bacon. Along with lots of fresh bright basil for the perfect summer bite. 

I mean, it is SO GOOD.

skillet with summer carbonara

I’ve made carbonara so many different ways on the blog – like, literally, trashed it up as much as I can. I’ve never used tortellini though, so here we are!

What’s so great about this recipe is that you can use whatever tortellini you have on hand. Cheese, spinach, sun dried tomato, chicken – it all works! Whatever tortellini is your favorite, it can fit right in there. After all, there aren’t many flavors that won’t go with pasta and eggs and cheese. 

The carbonara base is my absolute favorite. I keep that “pure” – as in, whisking together the eggs and the parmesan, reserving some pasta water and bringing it all together to create a silky, decadent sauce that is just enough to coat the noodles. It’s a dream. 

summer tortellini carbonara

If this is your first time making carbonara, I’d probably suggest using “regular” noodles – and following one of my other carbonara recipes. The thing is that you need to quickly whisk in the egg + parmesan mixture to create a sauce. And not create scrambled eggs! But you have to do so gently here so you don’t rip apart the tortellini.

If you want to see me make it step-by-step, head over to my instagram stories where you can see it. I make every single recipe on there, step-by-step, to make it easy for you to cook at home. (more…)

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48 of Our Favorite Back To School Dinners!

Today I’m sharing 48 of our favorite easy back to school dinners! Whether you’re going back to the classroom or not, these meals can get you back into your routine and make life easier. Easy, 30-minute weeknight meals that the entire family will love. They’re all so good! Time to get back in the swing […]

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Today I’m sharing 48 of our favorite easy back to school dinners! Whether you’re going back to the classroom or not, these meals can get you back into your routine and make life easier. Easy, 30-minute weeknight meals that the entire family will love. They’re all so good!

Time to get back in the swing of things!

48 meals for back to school season

I love the fall season – it always represents the start of a new “year” for me! It’s my favorite time of year and now the kids love it too. Feels so good to get back into somewhat of a structured routine – and that means making easy, delicious weeknight meals that everyone loves.

And meals that don’t take all day to make. Below you’ll find a bunch of our favorite dinners; ones I love to throw on our menu plan during the week.

I’ve shared posts in previous years with the best back to school meals and I reference it constantly for easy weeknight meals. So here’s a little inspo if you’re in back-to-school mode… or if you feel super rejuvenated by the approaching fall season like I do! As wacky and unpredictable as it may be this year – AGAIN. You can also find me on instagram cooking up all these recipes, step-by-step, just for you!

48 Back To School Dinners

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Pepperoni Pizza Lasagna Roll Ups.

These pepperoni pizza lasagna roll ups are sponsored by ALDI!  Pepperoni pizza is on the menu today… made into a lasagna roll up! Oh yes. We’re having fun with our food and it’s extra delicious today. These pizza lasagna roll ups are so simple and will be a show stopper on your dinner table. Everyone […]

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These pepperoni pizza lasagna roll ups are sponsored by ALDI

Pepperoni pizza is on the menu today… made into a lasagna roll up!

pepperoni pizza lasagna roll ups

Oh yes. We’re having fun with our food and it’s extra delicious today. These pizza lasagna roll ups are so simple and will be a show stopper on your dinner table. Everyone absolutely loves them and they are sure to become a family fave! 

lasagna roll up with cheese

It’s hard to believe we are getting back in the swing of things already.

I absolutely love when the fall season approaches. In fact, I think I love it more than the new year. It has always signified a new, fresh start in my brain. I’m sure it’s from years of going back to school in the fall, but even once I was out of school, the start of this coming season has always felt like a brand new beginning.

ALDI cheese and sauce

I’m excited to be partnering with ALDI today to bring you a delicious dish that helps you get back into your routine. These pepperoni pizza lasagna roll ups will help you easily get dinner on the table no matter what your routine may be.

Plus, they taste like heaven!

rolled lasagna noodles

ALDI is my go-to for weeknight dinner ingredients. Their affordable, high-quality selection is unbeatable. Plus, they always have awesome snacks too – tons of options for both me and the kids. Lots of great produce, of course, and then a seriously great spread of crackers and cheeses and grab-and-go foods that we can use when life gets busier. Which it always does! 

pepperoni pizza lasagna roll ups ready for the oven

My favorite thing about ALDI is that I can head in and grab everything I need to make a simple weeknight meal. Like these lasagna roll ups!

This might be one of THEEEE favorite dishes in our house right now. It has all the comforting, delicious flavors of pepperoni pizza but in a cheesy, pasta roll up. The kids go wild for it. Eddie and I love it served with my house salad. 

It’s just SO good – loaded with ingredients that everyone loves and at the same time, different and unique enough to feel like I’ve made a fun, special dinner!

pepperoni pizza lasagna roll ups

To bring this dish together, I start with the Reggano Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles. I boil them since we are making roll-ups and not layered lasagna – and it only takes a few minutes.

For the filling, I use a mixture of Emporium Selection Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese, Happy Farms Shredded Fresh Mozzarella, Stonemill Italian Seasoning and Garlic Powder. This makes for the cheesiest layer that tastes just like a pizza base! It’s so darn good. 

pepperoni pizza lasagna roll ups

If you want to make this extra pepperoni-y, you could also add some chopped pepperoni right into the cheesy filling! I like to use the Mama Cozi’s Sliced Pepperoni and it’s easily one of my kids’ favorite ingredients of all time. What is it with kids and pepperoni?! 

We can’t forget the pizza sauce! After spreading the filling on the lasagna noodles, I add a drizzle of the Delgrosso Pizza Sauce to the top and roll the noodle right up. It’s so simple, yet looks super special!

pepperoni pizza lasagna roll ups

I like to add a layer of the pizza sauce to the bottom of the dish too, then top the rolled up noodles with another dollop of sauce. I sprinkle the entire thing with the Happy Farms Shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, then add on some more pepperoni. Bake it until hot and melty and cheesy and BOOM. 

It’s done! 

I finish it off with a sprinkle of the Emporium Selection Parmesan Cheese as well as some Stonemill Crushed Red Pepper Flakes.

OH MY GOSH. We adore this.  (more…)

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Marinated Tomato BLATs.

These marinated tomato BLTs are fantastic! Made with marinated tomatoes, crispy bacon, sourdough and avocado, they are a summer dream dinner! Marinating the tomatoes takes this to the next level and it’s a must-try for your garden tomatoes!  How perfect is this lunch bite?! Everything I want to eat right now is right up there […]

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These marinated tomato BLTs are fantastic! Made with marinated tomatoes, crispy bacon, sourdough and avocado, they are a summer dream dinner! Marinating the tomatoes takes this to the next level and it’s a must-try for your garden tomatoes! 

How perfect is this lunch bite?!

marinated tomato BLAT sandwiches

Everything I want to eat right now is right up there in that sandwich. Oh my heavens.

sliced sumemr tomatoes

A few weeks ago on instagram, my friend Rachel was making BLTs and MARINATED HER TOMATOES!! Uh huh.

Marinating them!

I was hooked. Instantly. I didn’t know exactly what she was marinating the tomatoes in, but I got ingredients figured a way to make the sandwich the next day!

OMG, let’s just say it is life changing. Pretty much puts my lobster BLT to shame.

marinated tomatoes

Yes yes yes. 

Just look at these tomatoes? The marinade is so tangy and rich. It brings life into these tomatoes, regardless of how perfect they may be right out of your garden.

fresh lettuce

For my marinade, I used a simple olive oil and balsamic combo. If you’re in a pinch or want to make this on vacation or something, you could even marinate these in your favorite bottled italian or balsamic dressing. The key is just to marinate them in something you love!

marinated tomatoes

Seriously, after I saw Rachel make these, I knew they’d be my go-to summer dinner. I have her to thank for this delicious idea that has been holding me over postpartum and basically, feeding my family. After I made them multiple times on instagram, so many of you reached out about how I marinating the tomatoes, that I had to share! 

You can’t go one more summer day without these.

frying bacon

I went the BLT route for the tomatoes but of course, I also had to go the BLAT route. All I could think of was my favorite sandwich on our northern michigan vacation – it’s a BLAT from a local sandwich shop and is absolute perfection. 

The sourdough is toasty but not too crunchy. The avocado is creamy, the bacon is crispy. It has mayo and maybe even a little dressing?

Either way, it’s soooo good and I get at least one every year on vacation. 

marinated tomato BLAT ingredients

That made it simple for me: I knew I wanted to add avocado! I also did a thin layer of mayo. My favorite sourdough, toasted of course!

marinated tomato BLAT sandwiches

Oh! And the other key that a few of you suggested on instagram?! Drizzle the extra marinade from the tomatoes onto the bread. It makes for one messy, but seriously delicious sandwich that you won’t be able to stop eating.

marinated tomato BLAT sandwiches

I can’t even express how GOOD this is. I will never eat a BLT another way again.

You don’t need things to be fancy – you can easily skip the avocado. But this classic combo of bacon and lettuce and (now marinated) tomatoes is one I won’t be letting go of anytime soon. (more…)

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Grilled Chimichurri Chicken with Couscous Salad.

This chimichurri grilled chicken is charred and smoky and served with a refreshing couscous salad with feta and tomatoes. Delicious! Say hello to your new favorite dinner! OH MY WORD. This chicken is tender and delicious. The couscous salad is refreshing and complements the chicken perfectly. It’s such a wonderful summer meal to make! We […]

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This chimichurri grilled chicken is charred and smoky and served with a refreshing couscous salad with feta and tomatoes. Delicious!

Say hello to your new favorite dinner!

chimichurri grilled chicken with couscous salad

OH MY WORD.

This chicken is tender and delicious. The couscous salad is refreshing and complements the chicken perfectly. It’s such a wonderful summer meal to make!

We can’t get enough.

chicken marinated in chimichurri

Just look at that vibrant green! Now this is how I like to eat color.

couscous with chimichurri

I love how this recipe does double duty.

You make the chimichurri and use it for both the chicken and the couscous, adding so much ridiculous flavor. You can make the chimichurri ahead of time too, so this can come together super fast.

So easy too!

chimichurri grilled chicken

This chimichurri is one I’ve shared on the blog for ages! I first made this flank steak with chimichurri years ago and it’s a huge favorite. I use the chimichurri all the time for all sorts of recipes, and it’s fantastic on grilled chicken.

To start, I marinate the chicken (I like to use thighs, but you can use breasts or a mix!) in a bit of the chimichurri for at least 30 minutes or so. This adds LOTS of flavor. 

couscous salad

While that marinates, I cook the couscous and stir some chimichurri into that too! How fun, right?

Much like I do with these garden quinoa bowls.

The rest of the couscous salad comes together easily. Think tomatoes, feta and chives for lots of fresh, summer taste that is bright and crispy. This is one of those grain salads that is delicious eaten right away and may get better as it sits in the fridge overnight too. Leftovers for the win!

Side note: I make the couscous part of this constantly. Like CONSTANTLY. Sometimes I make the couscous for lunches throughout the week!

chimichurri grilled chicken with couscous salad

Then it comes to grilling the chicken. Which is so easy. Just… toss it on the grill! Grill it for five or so minutes per side. Let it rest, then slice!

So easy, so simple and so incredible! 

chimichurri grilled chicken with couscous salad

I like to use the extra chimichurri for drizzling and dipping when serving the dish. I also love to grill some sourdough on the side here – or just grill sourdough a few days later to soak up the extra chimichurri. 

YES PLEASE.

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