Two Dinner Recipes- On a Quinoa Kick!
Lately I have been on a quinoa kick! This past week I made two delicious dinner recipes using quinoa to beef them up. First up:
- -1 1/2 lbs of chicken, cut up into cubes
- -1 head of broccoli florets, chopped
- -1 cup of cooked quinoa in 2 cups chicken broth
- -1 container of baby bella mushrooms, chopped
- -2 cups of unsweetened coconut milk
- -1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
- -3/4 cup of quinoa flour
- -salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. While oven is preheating, in a medium saucepan, bring the quinoa and chicken broth to a boil then reduce and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the quinoa, it is okay if there is some liquid left in the pan, it will help to keep the casserole moist.
- While the quinoa is cooking, cut up the chicken, chop the broccoli and mushrooms and put into a large bowl. Once the quinoa is cooked, combine it with the bowl of chicken, broccoli and mushrooms. In separate bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, nutritional yeast, and quinoa flour. Start with a little of each of the ingredients at a time and slowly add to the large bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Once you have added it all, season with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder to your liking! Add more nutritional yeast if you want it to be even cheesier tasting :)
- Transfer mixture into glass baking pan, making sure it is evenly distributed. Top with more nutritional yeast if you like. Put in the oven and bake for about an hour, the casserole is done once the top achieves that yummy baked brown color :)
- Once perfect and brown, let cool & enjoy!
- - 1 bag of frozen black beans
- -2 bags of frozen pre-cubed sweet potatoes, defrosted
- -1 cup of dry quinoa
- -1 + 1/2 can vegetable broth
- -1 can of diced tomatoes
- -olive oil, just a drizzle
- -onion powder
- -garlic powder
- -salt and pepper
- Heat olive oil in a pan then add the pre-cut sweet potatoes along with 1 can of broth, bag of black beans, can of diced tomatoes and let all heat for about 5 minutes. Add in the dry quinoa plus the extra 1/2 can of broth if there isn't enough liquid. Stir all together, making sure to full integrate the quinoa. While quinoa is cooking, season with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder to taste along with the cinnamon. Once the quinoa and sweet potatoes are fully cooked, the recipe is ready to serve!
- The original recipe called for garlic and onion chopped, a 6 oz can of tomato paste, chili powder and cumin. I adapted it simply because I was short on time, had to improvise and I honestly forgot to add in the chili and cumin. I was really surprised when it turned out really good and I even had some leftovers for lunch the next day!
Hope you enjoy both of the recipes. Each of the photos don’t really do the recipes justice but they are both delicious and healthy alternatives!