Arugula Whole Wheat Couscous Salad

Michael and I started a new workout video last night that is supposed to be totally awesome and life changing.  So when I got home I put on my new cute workout outfit to get ready for the life changing workout.  You all know what I’m talking about here because you totally do it too.  Before I start a new workout routine I have to go out and buy a new workout outfit or shoes or a sports bottle.  Just something pretty that is going to make me feel skinny and give me a renewed sense of wanting to sweat.  I usually put on this said outfit about an hour before I actually start to work out just to pump myself up about how awesome I look and that I don’t even need to work out because I look so hot in my cute new outfit holding my super cute new sports bottle.  Sometimes this goes on so long that I decide it is too late to work out and I’m totally starving and can’t work out while I’m starving but I also can’t work out when I’m full so I need to just eat dinner and I will just start tomorrow.  You have totally done this – I see through you!

This feeling of “look at how cute I am in my new little “outfit” lasted for a whole 3 minutes because by the 4th minute of my video my heart nearly exploded out of my chest.  I know I haven’t been working out a lot lately, or you know, at all but seriously I thought I was going to throw up about 4 minutes into this video.  The jumping and the running and the jumping and the push ups and the jumping had my head spinning.  When this torture was finally over  (a whole 30 minutes later)  I was on my back huffing and puffing trying not to black out.  The sad thing is that I actually only did 15 minutes of working out because with this video you do one thing for a solid minute and then you rest for a solid minute.  People – I only worked out for 15 minutes….  How is it that I feel like I might die.  Only 3 short months ago I ran a half marathon and didn’t stop running the whole time.  How did this happen?!!  I’m starting to think that chocolate chip/peanut butter cookie I had for an afternoon snack was so not worth it.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t even burn it off….

I promise I have a point with all of this and the point is food!  I have decided (for like the 20th time in my life) that I’m going to get back to cooking healthy.  I’m making a serious effort to cook with really good ingredients and I’m going to actually pay attention to my portion sizes.  So be prepared for my next few posts to be on the healthier side of things.  Let’s see how long I can keep this up!!  I also plan to invent new food labels that I’m going to force the government to add to products from now on.  These labels are going to have workouts instead of calories on the back.  If that stupid cookie had said run: 3.5 miles per serving instead of calories: 375 per serving I would never eat a cookie again.  Hello!  Genius!

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat couscous

3 chicken breasts

the juice of one whole lemon

pepper to taste

1 tbs olive oil

1 cucumber cut into small cubes

1 cup Arugula

2 cups of your favorite lettuce

2 roma tomatoes

1/4 cup feta cheese

Dressing

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp paprika

6 tbs olive oil

juice of 1 large lemon

2 tsp minced garlic

1/3 cup chopped basil

1/3 cup diced red onion

1/3 cup white wine

Clean and marinate the chicken in the juice of one lemon and some pepper.  The chicken only needs to sit for about 30 minutes so make sure you start marinating the chicken first.  By the time your are done prepping everything else the chicken should be ready to go.  Heat 1 tbs of olive oil in a large skillet and cook the chicken thoroughly.  Allow the chicken to cool to the touch and then chop into bite sized pieces and place them in a large bowl.  Chop the tomatoes, and the cucumber, shred the arugula and mixed greens and add them to the same bowl.  Add the feta cheese and then begin to cook the couscous.  Follow the package directions for 1 cup of couscous.  I always use chicken stock instead of water because it helps with the flavor but this is up to you.  When the couscous is finished cooking allow it to cool fully before adding it to the bowl.  If you add it to quickly it will wilt the lettuce.

Dressing:

Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix to combine.

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