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I know, the title of the post says "Southern Greens by Michael Symon."  I promise, there are greens in this story.  But first, let me tell you about the rest of the meal.

This story begins with my brother making an unexpected trip to Roseville on Tuesday.  Roseville is a cozy little town about 40 minutes from us.  It also happens to be where the nearest Whole Foods is located.  My brother (who like every other member of my family is also obsessed with food and cooking) was very excited to pull into Whole Foods and come home with 3 grocery bags full of goodies.  In one of those bags was a whole mess of fresh oysters.  Wednesday, my brother spent the entire day preparing a feast for my sister in law, myself and our uncle who lives just down the road.  Part of that feast was oysters 4 ways:


The first oyster selection was, of course, raw on the half shell.  This is not my favorite preparation of oysters.  It's not that I mind the idea that they are uncooked.  I don't care for the texture of raw oysters and it just doesn't taste like anything to me.  I get  maybe a hint of sea water but other than that the appeal of raw oysters is totally lost on me and therefore, not worth wasting on me.  My brother and  uncle ate all these raw ones.


The next preparation was grilled oysters with a chipotle butter sauce.  These definitely are not part of my P90X diet.  I ate them anyway.  They were sublime.


Next on the oyster tasting menu was my personal favorite:  Oysters Rockefeller.  This was my first time trying Oysters Rockefeller and I am now spoiled for any others.  Except maybe fried with tartar sauce.  Also, not part of my P90X diet.

In the above photos you will finally see the greens I mentioned before!  We watched Chef Michael Symon make these greens on his show, Symon's Suppers last week.  Being somewhat of a connoisseur of collard greens my brother was dying to try the recipe.  Instead of just the usual collards, the recipe calls for 3 different greens and my brother added a 4th (4 different green, 4 different oysters, I just caught  that!): collards, mustard, swiss chard and kale.

He braised the beautiful leafy greens for a couple of hours with a little garlic, onion, bacon and seasoned slightly with some slightly smokey seasoning I picked up at Trader Joe's a while back (more on that some other time because it is awesome!).  Those greens were the perfect healthy counter part to our rich meal of oysters and beer brats.  I forgot to mention the brats.  We also ate some salty, fatty, tasty beer brats.  Also, not on my P90X diet.  Neither is that buttered bread.


P90X be... darned!  I ate the whole plate of delicious food!  It was an al fresco feast on the front patio, overlooking the river with family, eating and telling stories and I don't regret a moment of it.

Oh, but do try the greens!  They are easy, cheap and YUMMY!!!


I repeat, this is not a recipe. It is simply the 5 minute meal I made for myself the last two nights 1) because it was so fast and 2) because it was so darn good and 3) because I was allowed to have it.

I probably forgot to tell you that somehow I got suckered into doing P90x exercise program for the next couple of months, diet and all. Yes, I am breaking one of my own rules and adhering to a high protein/low carb diet but only because it is perfectly calculated to fuel you through these intense workouts. To tell you the truth, the hardest part of the diet has been eating that much food. I have to fit 7 portions of protein into one day! It's not easy to fit in work, my daily workout and cooking all that protein.

But yesterday I "cooked" a great throw together meal! It's too simple to call it a recipe but here is what you need:

  • one box of quick couscous (Near East is my favorite)
  • precooked frozen fajita meat, beef or chicken (the one at my Sam's Club is not frozen so it's even quicker); I don't now the amount, just eyeball it
  • 1 bag of sugar snap peas from the produce aisle; again, I don't know the weight of the bag, I told you this wasn't a recipe!
  • a drizzle of olive oil (but you can add up to 2 teaspoons if you are not on a restrictive diet like me)

Follow the directions on the package to prepare the couscous, it usually is something like this: bring 1 1/2 cups of water, 2 teaspoons of oil and the contents of the spice pack to a boil. Stir in the couscous and remove from the heat. Put the lid on the pot and let sit for 5 minutes.

While your couscous is boiling or resting, you can heat your fajita meat up in the microwave. About 1-2 minutes depending on if it's frozen.

Also while your couscous is resting and your meat is reheating, cut your sugar snap peas in half on the diagonal, because it's prettier on the diagonal. And the smaller pieces just make more sense.

Once your couscous has rested, take the lid off the pot and give it a small stir with a fork to fluff it up. Stir in your sugar snap peas and dish up onto plates, about 1/2 cup on each plate. Top with your fajita meat and ta-da! A filling, healthy meal in just about 5 minutes!! Hoooray!!

Of course, you could add more veggies to your couscous, depending on what you have on hand. Some caramelized red onions or chopped green onion tops or halved grape tomatoes would be yummy, too.  Or you could leave out the meat and use a package of fajita veggies.  Throw in the kitchen sink for all I care but give this quick weeknight meal a shot, I think you'll make it again and again.  I know I will.