Courteney Cox Replicated Her Favorite Lunch from This L.A. Restaurant (and It’s So Easy to Prepare)

Odds are you’ve had more Jennifer Aniston Salads than you can count since the recipe went viral earlier this year. But have you tried Courteney Cox’s latest lunch recipe? The actress took to Instagram to share her take on a vegetable sauté that she orders from an L.A. restaurant. It’s filling, nutritious and endlessly riffable, so it’s safe to say that it’s on our to-cook list.

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“There’s a restaurant in this store called Fred Segal,” she says in the Instagram video. “I ordered this thing for lunch…I have no idea how to make it, but I’m going to wing it.”

The simple dish is a DIY riff on Cox’s favorite lunch from Mauro Café, a Los Angeles eatery nestled behind the Fred Segal store. She typically orders the Sautéed Vegetables; you can choose up to three of them to be sautéed with garlic and olive oil or tomato sauce, then pair it with quinoa or a protein of your choice.

In the video, she chose zucchini, broccoli and mushrooms for vegetables and ground chicken for protein. But of course, you can use just about any produce or meat you’d like (the restaurant offers kale, carrots, peas, onions, spinach, Brussels sprouts, beef and shrimp, in case you need inspo). The rest is all pantry staples that you already have in your kitchen.


  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 head broccoli, parboiled
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • Salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • Soy sauce
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Step 1: Heat the olive oil in a deep sauté pan. Add the garlic to the pan and sauté until fragrant. Add the broccoli. Toss to coat in oil and cook until almost tender.

Step 2: Meanwhile, heat more olive oil in another deep sauté pan. Add the ground chicken and season with taco seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook until fully cooked through. Once ready, turn off the heat.

Step 3: Once the broccoli is almost finished, add the zucchini and sauté for a few minutes more. Once the zucchini is tender, add the mushrooms, soy sauce, salt and crushed red pepper flakes.

Step 4: Once all the vegetables are tender, drain the excess liquid from the pan. Add the chicken to the vegetables and stir to combine.

Yup, it’s that simple. We’ll call tonight’s dinner “The One Where We Eat Like Monica Gellar.”

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...