Quinoa is a lot like rice, it’s fluffy and sticky and perfect for a side dish with meats or fish. It cooks fast within 10 minutes which is great for those busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time. My favorite meal to cook on those busy nights is something that can almost be done a day ahead of time. If you are doing a roasted chicken with roasted vegetables and have leftovers then make a new meal using Quinoa for the next night.
On the weekend when I have more time I like to roast a whole chicken and in season veggies on the grill. We always have leftovers and of course we don’t want to throw them away but don’t want to eat them as is either. So I came up with this one dish main meal that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal.
1 leftover whole chicken – if you have have leftover chicken then bake and shred 1-2 chicken breasts depending on the size and the amount of people you are feeding. You don’t have to use chicken, you could also use beef, pork, seafood or just leave it as a vegetarian meal.
1/2 – 1 can of chickpeas drained
Seasonal Roasted Veggies cut into pieces
6 cups of cooked Quinoa – best if you cook in stock water such as veggie or chicken
In a large pot cook the quinoa in stock as directed on the package
In a large saucepan add the shredded chicken and cut up roasted veggies and cook on med-low until warmed through. If the chicken seems a bit dry add a tablespoon of stock or water if desired.
Once the quinoa is finished cooking add it to the chicken/ veggie mixture and blend together and serve. You can even go meatless for Meatless Monday.
Quinoa comes from South America and often used by locals as an energy food and has been a staple food for hundreds of years. Most people think of quinoa as a grain but it’s a seed. This superfood has many health benefits so replacing rice or barley once a week with quinoa would be an excellent choice.
Quinoa is an excellent source of protein and contains all essential amino acids. One cup of cooked quinoa has 10g of protein and 5g of fiber. It’s perfect for vegetarians or for those little ones that don’t like to eat meat. Quinoa is also a good source of minerals such as cooper, iron, magnesium and B-complex vitamins.
To learn more about the benefits of quinoa go to Health Guidence