Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Weekly Lunchbox- Confetti Couscous Salad, Apple Smiles, Chicken Chunks on a Stick, and Carrot and Cucumber Salad

This week's lunchbox is mostly taken from Annabel Karmel's Lunch Boxes and Snacks. It is one of my favorite cookbooks to go to for lunches because of the variety and ease of the recipes. The couscous salad was really quick and I tripled it so we could have some too. I also added some celery to it. The Chicken Chunks on a stick, I also doubled and we had some for dinner and sent the leftovers in the lunchbox. The kids loved them! The Apple Smiles are based on a similar idea I saw over at Picky Palate, but Jenny's looked way cuter. These were also a big hit. My husband actually ate the most of those and I have made them multiple times as a snack. The carrot and cucumber salad was quick and easy and very delicious- Hope you enjoy!

Confetti Couscous Salad from Annabel Karmel
1/4 cup couscous
1/2 cup hot vegetable broth
2 Tbls diced red bell pepper
1/2 medium carrot, peeled and diced
2 scallions, sliced
1 Tbls raisins
1 1/2 Tbls pine nuts, toasted
1 Tbls olive oil
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp honey
salt and pepper
Put the couscous into a bowl. Pour the broth over it and leave to stand for about 5 minutes.
Fluff up the couscous with a fork. Stir in the bell pepper, carrot, scallions, raisins and pine nuts.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients and stir into the couscous. Season to taste.

Chicken Chunks on a Stick from Annabel Karmel
2 Tbls soy sauce
1 heaping Tbls dark brown sugar
1 Tbls lime juice
1 1/2 tsp canola oil
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 small skinless, boneless chicken breasts , cut into chunks

Put the soy sauce and sugar into a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice, oil and garlic. Marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Soak four bamboo skewers in water. Thread the chunks of chicken onto the skewers, place on a broiler pan lined with foil, brush with the marinade, and broil for 4-5 minutes on each side, basting with the marinade halfway through, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Carrot and Cucumber Salad From Annabel Karmel
1 large carrot, peeled
1/2 English cucumber or hothouse seedless cucumber
1-2 cups fresh bean sprouts
1 Tbls toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbls soy sauce
1 Tbls rice wine vinegar
1 Tbls sunflower oil
1 Tbls honey
1 tsp mirin
1 tsp sesame oil
Using a swivel vegetable peeler, make thin strips of carrot and cucumber. (I just shredded them). Mix together the dressing ingredients and toss with the salad.
Apple Smiles
peanut butter
apple slices
mini marshmallows
Spread peanut butter on 2 apple slices. Put mini marshmallows on one apple slice and place other apple slice on top.
Coming Tomorrow- Barefoot Bloggers- Vegetable Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust


Maria said...

The apple smiles are great! They made me smile!! And the couscous salad looks like something I would really enjoy!! Great lunchbox!!

Aggie said...

That couscous looks delicious! I love couscous...haven't made it into a salad yet!! Great stuff MaryAnn!

Cathy said...

How CUTE are those apple smiles? My son is obsessed with losing his teeth (in a good way, I think - he wants to lose them to keep up with his friends) so he would love the "teeth" in those apple smiles! And the couscous! And the chicken on a stick! Oh, how do I love your weekly lunchbox posts, Mary Ann? Let me count the ways.

The Blonde Duck said...

Where do you find the sticks for the chicken?

Holy crap I can't wait for the pot pie. I'm wiggling in anticipation.

Mary Ann said...

Maria- Yes, the couscous was a definite favorite. I am sure you would love it!

Aggie- Thanks. I love couscous in salads!

Cathy- I give Jenny over at Picky Palate the credit for the apple smiles. They were fun.

Blonde Duck- I just used normal kebab skewers for the chicken. You can get them at Wal-mart. It did make it a little more exciting to eat the chicken that way!

Jenny said...

Another great post Mary Ann! Your smiles look adorable by the way! I'd love a little of each. Have a great night!

La Bella Cooks said...

The couscous salad looks amazing and I definitely would love some of that in my lunchbox! Everything looks fantastic, as usual.

Helene said...

The cuke and carrot salad is on the menu tomorrow! Love it!

Prudy said...

Yumma! I'd love both of those salads!

Sophie said...

I love the name of that couscous salad! All this food looks so comforting and delicious :).