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Thermomix Recipe: Italian Chicken and Couscous Salad with Chickpea Soup PLUS Giveaway


Chunky basil pesto dip dressing

· 50 g Parmesan cheese, crust removed and cut into cubes (3 cm)

· 1 garlic clove
· 40 g fresh basil leaves
· 20 g fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves · 160 g unsalted cashew nuts
· 1 – 2 tbsp white wine vinegar,to taste
· 110 g extra virgin olive oil

· 100 g lemon juice (approx.2 lemons)

Warm chicken salad and chickpea soup

· 400 g pumpkin, peeled and cut into cubes (1 cm)

· 550 g chicken breast fillet, cut into cubes (2 cm)

· 160 g couscous, rinsed and drained

· 150 g dried chickpeas
· 1 – 11⁄2 tbsp Vegetable stock paste
· 2 brown onions (approx. 300 g),cut into quarters
· 20 g olive oil
· 2 carrots (approx. 240 g), cut intopieces
· 3 – 4 garlic cloves
· 200 g turnip, cut into pieces

· 1100 g water
· 60 g pine nuts, toasted or unsalted cashew nuts, toasted

· 150 – 200 g fresh baby spinachleaves

· 2 tbsp pitted black olives, slicedor pitted Kalamata olives, sliced

· 1 Lebanese cucumber, peeled and cut into pieces
· 250 g cherry tomatoes (1 punnet),cut into halves
· 5 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley,leaves only
· 1⁄2 tsp sea salt, to taste
· 2 pinches ground black pepper,to taste


· serving jug
· baking paper · serving bowl


Chunky basil pesto dip dressing

  • Place Parmesan and garlic into mixing bowl and grate 10 sec/speed 9. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
  • Add basil, parsley, cashew nuts, vinegar and 60 g of the olive oil and chop Turbo/1 sec/4-5 times, or until a rough but evenly chopped consistency is achieved. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
  • Add lemon juice and remaining 50 g olive oil and mix 5 sec/speed 6. Transfer into a jug and set aside. Clean and dry mixing bowl.


Warm chicken salad and chickpea soup

  • Place Varoma dish into position then weigh pumpkin and chicken into it. Insert Varoma tray and line with a piece of wet, well-rung baking paper. Weigh couscous onto Varoma tray. Spread couscous evenly over Varoma tray with spatula. Set Varoma aside.
  • Place chickpeas into mixing bowl and mill 20 sec/speed 9. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.
  • Place stock paste, onion, oil, carrot, garlic and turnip into mixing bowl and chop 8 sec/speed 5. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
  • Add water and reserved chickpea flour to mixing bowl. Place a serving bowl onto mixing bowl lid, then weigh pine nuts or cashew nuts and 130-160 g of the spinach into it. Set serving bowl aside. Place Varoma into position and cook
    17 min/Varoma/speed 1.
  • Arrange olives, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and parsley into serving bowl. Set serving bowl aside.
  • Lightly stir pumpkin and chicken with spatula to ensure even cooking, then secure Varoma lid and cook for a further 7-9 min/Varoma/speed 1, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove Varoma and transfer chicken, pumpkin and couscous into serving bowl. Pour dressing over and stir to combine.
  • Add salt and pepper to soup in mixing bowl and blend
    30 sec/speed 5-9, increasing speed gradually. Place remaining 20-40 g spinach into the bottom of a thermal serving bowl or other large bowl and pour in soup. Stir to combine and serve soup immediately followed by the salad.


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Cooking for your Baby and Toddler
Something for Everyone
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Cooking for Me and You
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Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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