Monday, June 11, 2007

Cilantro Anyone?

I bought a bunch of cilantro on Saturday for a recipe I tried last night which was very good. I have a lot of cilantro left over and wanted to offer it to anyone who thinks they might use it this week. I don't think I'll use it all before it goes bad. SO, any locals want some of my cilantro?

I will even provide the recipe I used it for, and if you want to try it, you'll have the cilantro to go with it. :)

From Cooking Light:

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Yogurt Sauce

1 cup uncooked couscous (which I didn't have and didn't use)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander (I didn't have this on hand)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric (I didn't have this either)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 lbs)
Cooking Spray
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic (I used fresh)
1 (6 oz.) carton plain fat free yogurt
Cilantro sprigs (optional)

Cook couscous according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. (Obviously, this recipe is fine without the couscous, or you could use rice as well.)

Combine cumin and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a bowl; stir in 1/4 tsp. salt. Sprinkle spice mixture over chicken. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray (I used olive oil). Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.

Combine remaining 1/4 tsp. salt, chopped cilantro, garlic and yogurt in a bowl, stirring well. Serve with chicken and couscous. Garnish with cilantro sprigs if desired.

IF any locals want my cilantro, leave a comment in my comment box.


FishMama said...

Place your bunch of cilantro in a glass of water (like a bouquet of flowers) and place a plastic bag loosely over the green tops. Store in the frig and it will stay fresh for weeks!

Cilantro is a weekly purchase of mine since we make our own salsa every week. (Hey- we're from CA!) But, this trick really works. Try it in case no one takes you up on your offer.

Zoanna said...

I also heard a tip last night on using up leftover herbs and spices: sprinkle them on the coals of your grill. They will infuse the smoke. I might try it tongiht.

Briana Almengor said...

Zo, we have a gas grill...don't think that'll work! :)
Jessica, thanks for the tip; i figured there might bea way to preserve it but didn't know of any. SO, I thought I'd offer. Offer still stands if anyone's interested. But, I'll dunk them in some water in the meantime. :)

Anonymous said...

Gas grill will work, too. The cook I was watching was using gas. Just throw them in to infuse the smoke.