This is unbelievably good, and was ready for dinner so much quicker than I expected (I was running late so a very nice surpise, not much longer than a half hour for both things I was making). Thanks for bringing it to my atttention! I only made it because I had all the ingredients on hand and some extra chicken cutlets to use up, but loved, loved, loved it. http://www.recipezaar.com/Million-Dol... Only changes (always has to be a few ;-)) I used cutlets, subbed Rotel for salsa and beer for water, because that's what I had on hand.
Then you mentioned a date and orange salad, and I remembered I had a recipe for couscous with dates and oranges that I hadn't got around to trying, actually lots of similar ingredients, I even had the orange blossom water so made that too. Also excellent, and would be fine on it's own, although together....well if a take out place sold this combo, I'd be there at least once a week.
The couscous recipe was on a blog and not showing up, so let me paraphrase in case anyone is interested
Couscous with Oranges and Dates
1 1/2 cups water
3 Tbsp honey
1 tsp orange flower water
3 Tbsp chopped dry apricots
2 Tbsp currants or raisins
1 Tbsp butter
1 cup couscous (I used whole wheat) already cooked by you
1/2 tsp cinnamon
salt to taste
2 navel oranges( but I used a can of mandarin I had, drained and then topped off with OJ
6 pitted dates, sliced
(called for pomegranite seeds to garnish but don't have on hand, no loss to me)
Combine water and honey in saucepan and bring to boil. Lower to medium and boil gently til honey dissolves. Add orange flower water, chopped apricots and currants and let sit for five minutes.
Put couscous in large bowl, add butter, cinnamon and salt, and stir. I cooked in the microwave per package instructions like this. Pour hot syrup over and mix.
Cut sections of orange over the bowl, catching the juice, or do like me and add Tropicana and a can of mandarins.
Serve topped with dates (and pomegranate seeds).
Can't wait to have the leftovers tonight!