Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quinoa with Chicken & Broccoli

This is a recipe my sister developed when her husband began eating a strict Paleo diet and working out. In less than a year, he dropped 60 pounds while still eating delicious, filling meals like this one. It's quick, easy, and so healthy. If you've never used quinoa in place of rice or pasta, you've got to try this recipe. You might never go back!

What you'll need:

  • 4 medium chicken breasts
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1/4 lb. baby portobello mushrooms, diced
  • 1 lb. fresh broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 c quinoa
  • 4 c water
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 t freshly ground coriander
  • 1/8 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 T butter (or olive oil, if you're not human and don't like butter)
How to make it:
  • Rinse quinoa in cold water
  • Boil water then add quinoa, half of the butter, salt, pepper, and coriander; cover and simmer over low heat, approximately 20 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit until ready to serve. 
  • Melt the other half of the butter over medium heat
  • Add onions and mushrooms to melted butter, cook approximately eight minutes (occasionally move onions and mushrooms around in the pan to keep from burning)
  • Remove onions and mushrooms from pan and set aside
  • Without cleaning the pan, season chicken breasts with remaining salt, pepper, and coriander and add them to the pan, cook approximately eight minutes over medium-high heat on each side or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Season broccoli with salt and pepper to taste, and steam in a steamer basket approximately eight minutes
  • Layer quinoa, broccoli, chicken, and top with sautéed onions and mushrooms
  • Serve hot!
Quinoa with Chicken & Steamed Broccoli

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