Food 2 B Fit – Arugula

Today’s Food 2 B Fit program in the Chambers House Restaurant focused on the leafy green, Arugula.

Loaded in Vitamin A, this “garden rocket” packs a punch for improved vision, skin and respiratory health. It also has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying powers! Panorama Fitness Coordinator, tells us all about it while Catering Manager, Meggin Turk cooks up this delicious recipe.

Arugula, Chicken and Walnut Couscous


3 tsp olive oil

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 lb shitake mushrooms, sliced

1/2 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 1/4 cups fat-free chicken broth

3 cups (lightly packed) baby arugula, very coarsely chopped

1 (5.9 ounce) package Parmesan-flavored couscous

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped


1. Place a saucepan over medium heat for about 1 minute and pour 1 teaspoon olive oil into the hot pan. Cook and stir walnuts in hot oil until lightly browned and fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer walnuts to a bowl.

2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in same pan; cook and stir shitake mushrooms until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove mushrooms from pan.

3. Add 1 more teaspoon olive oil to pan. Cook and stir chicken and garlic until chicken is browned and meat is no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes.

4. Pour chicken broth into chicken mixture, add arugula and stir contents of couscous seasoning packet into mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute. Stir couscous into mixture, cover pan, and remove from heat. Let stand until liquid has been absorbed and couscous is tender, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts and basil, lightly fluff couscous with a fork to combine and serve.

2 thoughts on “Food 2 B Fit – Arugula

  1. We used Crimini mushrooms today and regular couscous with some parmesan cheese added at the end of cooking along with the basil! Nom Nom! Mke cooked up the entree using feta cheese and that works too! The above recipe is for FOUR servings!

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