Quinoa. High in protein, low in carbs, high in fiber whole grain and… gluten free!
It already sounds good. But, wait…
Top it with grilled chicken, zucchini and some other delicious acquaintances and you have a dish you never knew existed!
Chicken Zucchini Quinoa Bowl… It’s soooo good, so satisfying and… healthy!
I buy my quinoa at Costco, $5/lbs. You can also get it from the comfort of your home on Amazon.
Do yourself a favor – every time you make this Chicken Zucchini Quinoa Bowl, double the amount of quinoa, so you can make Quinoa Oatmeal the next morning, or add to salad greens for lunch. Quinoa is a great source of protein. It will keep you feel full for hours! I love my quinoa oatmeal. Knowing that it is good for me, is just an extra bonus and surely a great start to any day.
Cooked quinoa holds up very well stored in a fridge up to a week! So, cook more than you need and store it in the fridge to make your life easier.
As Always, Eat Well, Spend Wisely!
- 2 chicken breast
- 3 zucchini
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup goat cheese
- Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing (recipe below)
- Rinse quinoa. Put it in a pot and cover with 2 cups of water. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil (optional). Bring to a boil, cover and let it stand until fluffy (about 20 min).
- Soak cherries in warm water.
- Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. Grill OR pan fry it. Let it rest.
- Grill, roast OR pan fry zucchini. If pan frying, add 1 tsp of coconut oil, bring the heat to high and quick fry it so it does't get too soft. You want it golden but still crisp. Season with salt and pepper at the end.
- Toast almonds.
- Assemble: make a base for your dish with quinoa, arrange zucchini around quinoa, place sliced or cubed chicken in the middle, garnish with soaked and drained cherries, toasted almonds and goat cheese.
- Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
- Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing recipe link below. Don't use a blender or NutriBullet to make this dressing for this particular recipe. It's better to chop the garlic and whisk all ingredients by hand to obtain thiner consistency and thus better drizzle.