This is one awesome meal prep recipe. Just make a batch of Rainbow Couscous and Tzatziki Chicken and enjoy healthy satisfying meals throughout the week!
Over the past couple of months my friends Lauren, Sarah, Tanner and I have started new tradition. Every week us girls walk to Tanner's apartment for lunch where he cooks us the most fabulous homemade meals. We then get to enjoy these delicious culinary creations on the rooftop overlooking Minneapolis. It is awesome. I love it. Every single time the struggle to go back to work afterwards is REAL. Anyway, we call it the BCBL (Breakfast Club but Lunch). Sarah mentioned wanting to get t-shirts made and force everyone to wear them every week. Personally, I think it is a fantastic idea. A few weeks ago Tanner made us grilled kebabs with tzatziki, couscous and an Asian slaw salad. It was SO GOOD and the inspiration for this recipe (Tanner, we thank you!).
Use What You Have
Don't you hate when you get home from the grocery store and start to make dinner only to realize you're missing an ingredient?! Ah that can be so frustrating! However, it doesn't need to be! This recipe is PERFECT for experimenting and swapping out ingredients. This recipe is actually very simple.
Tzatziki sauce + pasta/grain + veggies + protein = rainbow couscous and tzatziki chicken
The tzatziki sauce is the leading role in this recipe and is what brings all the other ingredients together. Everything else can be swapped out if needed! Don't have couscous? Replace it with another pasta or grain like brown rice, farro or quinoa. Don't have all the veggies the recipe calls for? Use whatever veggies you have! Don't have chicken? Replace it with another protein like salmon, beef or tofu. So, use what you have! It'll make the entire cooking experience much easier and more enjoyable.
This is also a GREAT meal prep recipe. I made a big batch of this for my husband, Tom, last week. It is healthy, delicious, can be made ahead of time and there is no need to heat it up! This is perfect for Tom who is always on the go during work and rarely has time to heat up food let alone take a lunch break!
When packing up this meal to enjoy later, start with the sauce at the bottom of the container. Then layer in the shredded chicken, followed by the veggies and lastly the couscous. It is important the couscous be the top layer. Otherwise it may absorb too much moisture from the veggies or tzatziki sauce and become mushy... not ideal!
Nothing but Saucy Goodness
Like I always say, everything is better with a little sauce and Tzatziki sauce can do no wrong. Not only is it delicious but it is made with Greek yogurt and fresh ingredients. Now that is one sauce you can feel hella good about. I usually just make a big batch of it, store it in the fridge and put it on anything my little heart desires.
Also, I can't stop admiring also those colorful veggies (and fruits technically). In general the more color in a dish the larger variety of nutrients. Can I get a 'fork yeah'!
Rainbow Couscous and Tzatziki Chicken
Eat the rainbow!
- 1 1/2 cups dry pearl couscous (about 3 cups prepared)
- 16 oz. of chicken breasts (or shredded chicken)
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup of yellow bell pepper (1 bell pepper)
- 1 cup of carrots (3-4 carrots)
- 1 cup of cucumber (1/2 cucumber)
- 1 cup of red cabbage (1/4 head of cabbage)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (full fat)
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh dill
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Prep Produce: Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Cut the bell pepper, carrots, and cucumber into small cubes. Chop the cabbage into small pieces. Set aside.
- Make the Sauce: Chop the fresh dill. Peel and mince the garlic cloves. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Then grate or finely chop the cucumber. TIP: To save time (and avoid chopping), I put the garlic and cucumber through a garlic press. Perfectly minced ingredients in less than 30 seconds! Stir all the Tzatziki sauce ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Store in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to use!
- Cook and Shred Chicken: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet, season with salt and put in the oven for 30-35 minutes. After the chicken is done cooking, shred it with two forks. Set aside.
- Cook Couscous: Cook the couscous according to package instructions. The ratios are normally 1.25 portions of liquid to every 1 portion of couscous. TIP: When cooking the couscous use chicken stock instead of water to add extra flavor. Season the couscous with the salt and garlic powder.
- Assemble: Toss the shredded chicken with ½ cup of the Tzatziki sauce. Place the couscous, veggies and chicken in 4 different bowls (or containers to enjoy later). Top with additional Tzatziki sauce as desired! Enjoy!
*You will likely have leftovers of this sauce. If you don't wish to have leftovers, simply half the recipe!