I don’t think there’s anyone in this whole world that hasn’t tried meatballs at any point in their lives. Meatballs are such an economical meal; however, almost everyone makes them with red ground beef and in a red sauce. So, since I am crazy, I always try to change my recipes so they do not become boring and to keep my husband happy, smile.
Approx. Prep and Cook Time: Under 30 Minutes
Approximate Cost: $9.20 or $4.60 per serving)
Difficulty Level: Easy
Allergens, Other: Gluten Free (except the couscous)
½ lb. ground chicken 98% fat free ($2.50)
2 tbsps. Angie’s basting olive oil (plus more for the couscous) (.70)
2 tsp. Angie’s dry seasoning (.30)
1 handful of Culantro and/or Culantrillo leaves (.50)
1 tbsp. dry onions (.30)
½ c. chopped mushrooms ($1.00)
1 tbsp. cornstarch (.15)
1 ½ c. chicken stock (preferably homemade) ($1.25)
1 box of Roasted garlic and Olive Oil Couscous ($2.50)
Season the ground chicken with 1 tbsp. oil and 1 tsp. of my seasoning or the one of your choice. Then add the chopped cilantro, Culantrillo leaves and dry onion flakes. Make the balls with an ice cream scoop and refrigerate.
Next, clean and chop the mushrooms, sauté then in 1 tbsp. of basting oil until golden and set aside.
In a saucepan, cook the couscous according to the box directions.
In a frying pan, add the chicken balls and sauté until golden brown, then remove from skillet and add them to your cooked mushrooms. Set aside shortly while you make the gravy.
In the skillet that you sauté the veggies, with the oil, whisk 1 tbsp. cornstarch to make a golden roux.
Whisk in chicken stock until light golden and until you get the gravy consistency of your choice. (preferably homemade)
Add the chicken meatballs and simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes. By now the couscous is done and you can start plating this delicious meal.
Angie’s Dry Seasonings: http://www.angieslifehacks.com/family-life/oven-roasted-bacon-chicken-and-angies-seasonings
Angie’s Basting Olive Oil: www.angieslifehacks.com/cuisine/the-flavor-series-recipe-2-angies-basting-olive-oil
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