Wednesday, February 10, 2010

65 oz of Canned Artichokes: What to Do?

The beauty of buying a 65 oz. can of artichoke from Costco is that you discover that, like garlic or onions, everything needs a little artichoke. A lesson for buying in bulk, expect to use your product a lot. It’s not a problem since I love to include artichokes, but I will say that lately I’ve been getting a bit more creative with them. This meal had an interesting Middle Eastern/Southern Asia flavor to it, with the coriander and ginger, and blended nicely with lime flavor and then balanced out with the help of my couscous.
A few things I would do next time however:
· Try adding in some raisins; soak them in lime juice perhaps?
· Add some turmeric, a good complimentary spice to the dish
· Cook the couscous in chicken broth not water to achieve a fuller flavor
Overall, this dish was a light, but sustaining meal. I did not find myself hungry later on, an added benefit, though I didn’t feel stuffed to the brim after I ate. The artichokes were great in it, and now I guess I have about 60 oz. left…hahaha, maybe it was more than I could actually eat. But we will see.
Chicken, Artichoke and Couscous
Meat from 1 chicken leg and 1 chicken thigh
¼ c onion, diced
¼ c green pepper, diced
2 T olive oil
2 T lime juice
½ t ground cinnamon
¼ t ground coriander
¼ t fresh ginger, grated
Salt and pepper
½ c cooked couscous
1. Cut up chicken into small, bite size pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients, except couscous, in small bowl. Add chicken. Let marinade for 30 min.
3. In large skillet, cook chicken mixture for about 6-8 min.
4. Meanwhile, prepare couscous.
5. Combine chicken mixture with couscous, eat!
Makes about 1-2 servings. NOMS: 7


  1. That was very creative! What would go really well with this? WOuld it be good as an hors d'oeuvre? Like with bread or crackers?

  2. I used this dish as a meal, but it without the couscous could possibly go well with bagel chips or toasted bread. Artichokes are part of many side dishes and hors d'oeuvres, especially dips. Artichokes are well paired with chicken, tomatoes, bacon, cheese [cheddar especially], sausage, etc. Add them to your eggs, your pizza, pasta sauces. If you like the flavor, bring on the dishes!