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From Recipe to the Dinner Table

by Meghann on January 12, 2009

If you read my blog regularly then you have probably discovered that I rarely follow recipes whole heartedly. I more so take the idea from recipes and rework them to my tastes and what I have on hand in the kitchen. Tonight is a prime example of one of these situations.

A couple of months ago I had the recipe for Couscous Salad with Chicken and Chopped Vegetables delivered to my e-mail thanks to The recipe looked intriguing so I saved to my ‘recipe’ folder in my inbox and rediscovered it today when I was looking for ideas for dinner.

I skimmed the recipe and with the idea of the Couscous Salad made a delicious filling dinner, customized for my tastes.


Changes I made

  • Halved the amount of couscous
  • Pan sauteed a chopped chicken breast instead of the rotisserie chicken
  • For vegetables I had onion, yellow squash, carrot, & spinach
  • Left out the lemon juice in the dressing

So, next time you cook don’t be afraid to stray from the recipe, trust me its ok and will be just as good if you sub ingredients and do your own thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dessert was the other half of my Whole Foods Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie from Saturday. My sweet tooth as been out of control today, I wanted more dessert but I resisted and am drinking a nice cup of tea instead.


I had a small snack today of Cherrios to tide me over until dinner.


I wanted to share everyone with a really great magazine I discovered at the Running Expo on Saturday.


This is the premiere issue of Women’s Running, formerly Her Fitness + Sports.

It’s a great magazine dedicated to female runners and has some interesting information every runner will find helpful. The great articles range from diet to shoes to training to inspirational stories from other busy women who find time to enjoy the sport they love.

I highly suggest checking out the magazine’s site for great tips and articles.

I’m actually going to finish reading the magazine right now, I’m currently reading the Half-Marathon Training For Busy Women Article. With my next half-marathon creeping up on me on March 1st I really need to take these tips to heart.

Good Night Everyone!

1 sarahannmatheny January 12, 2009 at 8:28 pm

That magazine looks great! I’m currently contemplating what race to do next, so maybe I’ll check out their website!

Did you not like your training schedule for your last half or are you just wanting to step it up to improve your time?

2 Mel January 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Your dinner looks awesome. Thank you for sharing, I found my couscous today and was just going to look for something to do with it! Now I know!

3 Amy January 12, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Love the dinner recipe! I just bought whole wheat couscous and I’m excited to try it out. Thanks Meghann!

4 VeggieGirl January 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Great dinner, cookie, and magazine!!

5 Laura January 12, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Dinner looks great! That magazine seems perfect for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

6 gina (fitnessista) January 12, 2009 at 9:12 pm

oooh the couscous looks so good!whoa i’m stoked about that magazine!! i’ll be getting a subscription asap :Dhave a wonderful night

7 cassandra January 12, 2009 at 9:16 pm

mmm your eats look very tasty, I am sending you a guest blog via email! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for all the advice!

8 ksgoodeats January 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I love! They have so many great ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Ryan January 12, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Your dinner looks fantastic! Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d love to read that mag! Do you know if they’re selling it in stores yet?

10 inmytummy January 12, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Which half marathon are you doing? I’m doing one in Atlanta at the end of March. Are you using a set training plan?

11 Sweet and Fit January 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm

i am just starting to realize how much self-control you have…first I noticed your secret M & M stash in your butter box and now I see that you can only eat half a cookie…. I could never do that!

12 Allison January 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm

MMM your dinner looks great – and I totally need to go online and find that article – half marathon training for busy women, that’s totally ME! ๐Ÿ™‚

13 Danielle January 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Your dinner looks fantastic, i’ve never had cous cous salad but I love cous cous so I’m sure it’s something I’d love!

14 Meg January 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm

What a great dinner!

15 Marissa January 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I get recipes delivered into my inbox every day too. It’s fun to tweak them a little bit!

16 Rose January 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm

So glad to see that magazine exists! A couple years ago I was in a magazine writing class, and we had to come up with a new magazine – mine was called “Running Woman” so I’m glad to see this hit the shelves. It’s what we all need, for sure!

17 biz319 January 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I like everything about your dinner – except the onions!

I’ll have to check out that magazing – you can never have too many in my book!

18 Bridget January 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I picked up that magazine last weekend too and really like it!!

19 Sarah January 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

excellent recipe improv! and good tip on the mag — i’ll have to check out that 1/2 marathon training article.

20 Heather Eats Almond Butter January 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Your couscous looks so creamy. Yum. I love making recipes my own. I usually never have all the required ingredients and make subs. left and right. I have the occasional disaster, but usually things turn out pretty tasty. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good night Meghann. That cookie looked good!

21 HangyYPants January 12, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I don’t think I’ve seen that magazine in stores. I will look though.

Love your dinner. I am not a recipe follower either. I use them, like you, to inspire. ๐Ÿ˜€

22 Missy (MISSY MAINTAINS) January 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Dinner looks delicious! Next time I dig in for a 2nd cookie, I need to think about this blog post! It is all about control!

23 eatingbender January 12, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Great dinner. I find it very difficult to follow recipes, too. Something about having to read words on a page while cooking isn’t appealing to me.

Thanks for the tip on the magazine!

24 Kristie January 12, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Thanks for the mag recommendation AND recipe! I’ll be sure to remember to check that magazine out next time I see and I have plenty of couscous boxes in my cupboard just waiting to be consumed. I always forget about couscous as a dinner option!

25 elise January 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

i do the same thing with recipes all the time…thanks to vegetarian times i have tons of good recipes that have spawned some even more creative (and better) dishes due to lack of cupboard/fridge space. i cant believe you were able to save that WF cookie for 2 separate sittings. girl, thats some serious self control!! well done you!

26 Melissa S. January 13, 2009 at 7:16 am

I TOTALLY subscribe to that magazine…it seriously i think might be as good as running times or runner!

27 Sarah W. January 13, 2009 at 8:10 am

Thanks for the link on the running magazine! That will be helpful since I just started running and plan to do a 10 miler on April 5!

28 Jaime January 13, 2009 at 8:16 am

hey there. was just wondering where you got your apple corer/slicer from. they are so hard to find!

29 Meghann January 13, 2009 at 8:58 am

Jaime – I found my apple cutter pretty cheap at Publix, but i’ve seen fancier ones at William Sonoma, Crate and Barrel and bed Bath & Beyond.

30 Elina January 13, 2009 at 9:02 am

I think you’ve been feeding your sweet tooth very well lately – in perfect moderation! I am not always as good, but I try.
I think I saw that magazine in the store the other day. Is it out yet?

31 redheadyellowdog January 13, 2009 at 9:21 am

oo that magazine looks great! I will definitely have to check that out…especially those tips since I have another Half coming up at the end of March!

I’m definitely the same as you with recipes…James always pretends to act suprised when I tell him I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I’m actually going to post a recipe on my blog today for cauliflower macaroni and cheese that I made a bunch of changes to!

32 Dori January 13, 2009 at 9:21 am

How do you save half your cookie for the next day?? I could never do that! If I know it’s there, I need to eat it.

Thanks for the info on the running magazine – I am trying to get into running for the first time!

33 dailygoods January 13, 2009 at 9:27 am

i saw that magazine in a store the other day, i think i’ll pick it up now ๐Ÿ™‚ The baked goods from whole foods always look so good, but i’ve never tried any yet. The pumpkin muffin with cream cheese is always starting right at me whenever i pass it ๐Ÿ˜‰

34 lauren January 13, 2009 at 10:14 am

i just read through that magazine last night – somehow I get it in the mail – i guess from registering for races. love couscous mixed with veggies – one of my favorites!

35 Shelby January 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Looks great and so does that cookie! Scrumptious.

36 Katy January 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm


I get that magazine, too! I actually met Dawna Stone, the publisher and winner of Apprentice: Martha Stewart, at the Running Expo last year, and got to interview her.

PS Sorry to see your weekends are booking up — I hope we can still get together for a run soon!

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