Over there, they mixed couscous, edamame, rotisserie chicken and a bunch of other ingredients to come up with their salad. I liked the concept and decided to adjust this to be Weight Watcher friendlier. While I was at it, I decided to make it Simply Filling too.
By the way, Simply Filling is one of two Weight Watcher programs. It’s really similar to clean eating. It relies heavily on non-processed foods. While on it, you don’t count points and eat mostly lean proteins, complex carbs fruit and veggies.
To start on the conversion, I replaced the rotiserrie chicken with Perdue Short Cuts – Original. Those qualify as simply filling. I replaced the dried cranberries with sliced red grapes. Next I changed the dressing ingredients, using only balsamic vinegar and much less oil. Finally, I didn’t bother with the nuts. Now the recipe qualified as Simply Filling.
Luckily, I had fresh edamame from my CSA. So that worked out to be an extra boon!
As I said though, it’s more of an idea rather than a recipe. So the next time I make this I may use farro or wheat berries instead of the couscous. I may also swap out the baby spinach for Arugula. Heck, I can even swap out the edamame for baby peas. Though I have to say, I really enjoyed the edamame in this salad. Anyway – you get the idea.
Ingredients for Chicken, Edamame, Spinach Salad
- 3/4 shelled edamame (I used fresh, but frozen, defrosted is fine too)
- 2-4oz baby spinach, coarsley chopped
- 9oz Perdue Shortcuts Original Carved (make sure it’s original to be qualified as Simply Filling), chopped
- 2/3C uncooked whole wheat couscous
- 1C sliced red grapes (or go crazy and use black – idea not recipe remember?)
- 1/3C sliced green onions
- 1T balsamic Vinegar
- 1t good olive oil
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
Directions for Chicken, Edamame, Spinach Salad
- Cook the couscous according to package directions.
- Mix everything in a bowl.
As I said, it’s Simply Filling this way. At four servings, counting Smart Points it’s 4 points.