Today was our final Olympic day. Boo located Spain on the map this morning before church and let us know Madrid was the capital. She was very excited to inform me that Madrid is where the parents in Spy Kids met. She and Bug have both watched Dora the Explorer for so long that counting to 10 in Spanish was a piece of cake!
Since school starts tomorrow for Boo, we spent most of the afternoon relaxing (Chip took Boo & Bug to the pool) and making sure we had all the school supplies we needed. We didn't even get around to the pinata craft I'd hoped we would be able to do. Maybe next time.
For dinner we had Couscous Chicken Paella
The recipe came from Good Housekeeping Magazine
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1 package (10-ounce or 1 1/2 cups) couscous
1 package (10-ounce) frozen peas
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 green pepper, diced
2 ounces low-fat kielbasa thinly sliced
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 clove garlic, crushed with garlic press
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, each cut in half
In a saucepan, heat chicken broth and 1/4 cup water to boiling over high heat. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in couscous and frozen peas. Cover saucepan and let stand 5 minutes or until ready to use.
Meanwhile, in nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add red or green pepper and kielbasa and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken, garlic, salt, thyme, and black pepper, and cook until chicken loses its pink color throughout, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove skillet from heat, and stir in cherry-tomato halves. Fluff couscous with fork; add to chicken mixture in skillet, and toss gently until combined.
I thought this was pretty good, although I am not a big couscous fan. Boo didn't like anything but the kielbasa. Bug liked everything but the green peppers. Ebabe only ate the couscous. I will admit that I accidentally left the sauce pan on heat the entire time I was cooking, even after I added the couscous and peas. Oops. The edges were a bit brown but it was salvageable.
In closing, it has been a lot of fun learning about these different places and trying out their foods. I'm a bit sad that it is ending. I'm already thinking of what countries to study during the 2010 Winter Olympics. If you have suggestions or recipes, please let me know in the comment section below.