Summer means fresh, colorful meals. It also means easy, lazy meals, am I right? Who wants to spend more time at the hot stove than absolutely necessary when you could be doing something more fun, or just relaxing? One dish dinners are my absolute personal faves, because you cook it all at the same time, with minimum pots and pans, and you have your entire meal – protein, side dish and vegetables all done in one fell swoop. Score!
Chicken meatballs are definitely my favorite and these are extra special not only because they are tiny and really cute, but because they are really juicy and have lots of extra flavor factors, like Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. They go so well with the ultimate summer ingredients – green beans and caprese – tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Couscous literally cooks in 5 minutes, so you’ll only have time to set the table before it’s all ready to be served. I love how fresh and summery this dish looks and tastes. The tomatoes are just warmed through and you could even add them after the couscous is finished cooking, so they are cold and still fresh, if you prefer. The mozzarella balls are added at the very end too, so they don’t lose their shape but do start to get warm and melted around the edges.
Isn’t this a beautiful meal? It’s totally company worthy, but really easy to put together. I’m sure I’ll be making it a lot this summer. [Read More…]