Sometimes it’s the simple things.
Grilled chicken with a balsamic roux over couscous makes for a perfect dinner. I also made brussel sprouts in a butter sauce to go along with it, but I didn’t even notice they were there. Honestly, at that point I declared everything and anything in my life an “asshole”. I’ll spare you the details, but I got over it and life went on.
Ok, fine, I’ll tell you – my son is moving into his own apartment and I’m having a bit of a problem transitioning. When in the hell did one of the children- that I birthed!- acquire that kind of independence? God didn’t prepare me for this, nor did he ask me permission! I think I’m kind of in a little bit of a state of denial/really not ready to deal with the fact that my son is moving out. What if he needs me?? What if he gets sick? What if he’s broke and doesn’t tell me??
I’ll be ok. Anyway, back to the food – I absolutely love couscous, and I tend to pair it with Greek flavors like feta cheese and Kalamata olives, tomatoes, etc., but tonight I made a roux with a balsamic vinegar marinade that my chicken soaked in for a few hours. Now, I have to admit that I varied from my regular marinade routine today when it comes to chicken – I put mayo in it.
Yes, mayo. Don’t judge a girl, but damnit I had to find out if it did the same thing for chicken that it does for beef (mayo is great for making ground beef tender and moist). It does! I just love mayo; it’s like a good, reliable girl friend. You know she’s always got your back.
Also, what I’ve discovered is that it’s amazing how resourceful and creative you can be on a whim when you haven’t eaten a thing ALL DAY LONG, but taking a road trip (albeit 5 minutes – ssshhh don’t judge) to Publix seems like pure freakin’ torture. Let me put it this way – I just thought we were completely out of groceries. It’s amazing what you’ll sniff out of that freezer and pantry when it’s late, you’re starving and the last damn thing you want to do is go to the store. Especially when you’re all comfortable…it’s raining (and thundering)…and shit, you basically live at Publix anyway. I know those people have got to be sick and tired of seeing my face.
But they’ll get over it.
The marinade is a very easy combo of olive oil, lemon juice, mayo (not much, so don’t get all crazy), salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. The roux that this marinade makes…OMG. It’s downright luscious. Pour it all over the couscous, rice, or whatever. It’s crazy good.
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