Gourmet Family Meal


  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts


  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 1½ cups low-fat Italian dressing
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp wine (Chardonnay or rice wine vinegar)


  • 1 pkg couscous
  • raisins
  • pine nuts
  • goat cheese (optional)
  • sun-dried tomatoes

Sautéed Spinach

  • 1 bag pre-washed spinach
  • flavored olive oil
  • garlic
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • raisins
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • crumbled goat cheese


Prepare the Marinade

  1. Combine hoisin sauce (Tip -- tell the kids it's barbecue sauce - they'll love it!), Italian dressing, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic and wine
  2. Stir all ingredients
  3. Place chicken in bowl
  4. Marinate if possible for a few hours in a ziplock bag or overnight in refrigerator

Make the Barbecue Chicken

  1. Rinse and pat dry 2 large boneless chicken breasts
  2. Cut each breast in half
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and place in baking dish
  5. Pour extra marinade on top
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until done inside, then broil for a few minutes at the end to make it crispy

Prepare the Couscous

  1. Make couscous according to package directions
  2. When done, add favorite ingredients (yellow or brown raisins, pine nuts that have been toasted at 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes, sun-dried tomatoes)

Sauté the Spinach

  1. Use a pan large enough to hold one bag of pre-washed spinach (a wok is recommended)
  2. Add flavored olive oil
  3. Add 1 tsp of minced garlic and handful of sun-dried tomatoes
  4. When garlic starts to sizzle, add spinach
  5. Drizzle olive oil for extra flavor as spinach cooks
  6. Add optional ingredients (raisins, sun-dried tomatoes)
  7. Add juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
  8. Stir in crumbled cheese of your choice (Denise recommends goat cheese)
  9. Cook until spinach is wilted

Finish the Gourmet Family Meal

  1. Assemble barbecue chicken, couscous and spinach
  2. Add cilantro on top of chicken before serving