It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon and its lunch time. I walk to the kitchen, put my hands on my hips and realize… It’s past grocery day and I don’t want to go out to shop just to make lunch! Now it boils down to Ramen, a can of soup or get crazy and whip something up. I chose the latter for everyone’s sake and started snooping through the pantry.
As I am snooping, my mother comes to mind. I learned a lot growing up watching my mom in the kitchen. One of the biggest things that stuck was to keep a well stocked kitchen for any occasion. It makes lazy days easier and too-broke-for-grocery days bearable. It certainly paid off today!
My hands made their way to a can of fire roasted tomatoes and a can of green chilies. And to top it all off, I grabbed the tub of couscous with the promise of a spicy and bright lunch in my future! Any grain will work, but couscous is the best for this dish because of how it absorbs the flavors of the dish and ties everything together. I grabbed a little onion and some roasted bell peppers and got to work.
The ease of the dish is really what keeps it a lazy (or quick) meal. The prep was done throughout the cooking process as everything is done in layered steps. Once it’s all in the pan, I just threw a lid on and walked away for it to finish up.