Before I begin, I have to give a big shout out to one of my favourite healthy foodie blogs, TheLittleGreenSpoon. I literally would do anything to be friends with this talented chick so I could sample all her nutritious breakfast, lunch, dinner and sweet dishes all of which are so good for you! Dream!
So last Sunday, I found myself once again browsing on TheLittleGreenSpoon and noticed the ultimate, dreamy quinoa dinner or as she likes to call it – Quinoa Heaven Bowl. I haven’t cooked quinoa in quite sometime but I suddenly got a strong urge to (after browsing on her recipe, I was bound to!) So made it my mission to cook a delicious quinoa recipe and here’s what happened…
- parma ham
- 1 cubed chicken fillet
- 3/4 cup of quinoa
- vegetable stock
- Boil the quinoa in 1 and a 1/2 cups of water, along with a vegetable stock cube.
- Begin to fry the diced chicken and mushrooms on a separate pan.
- Once the quinoa comes to a boil, add in the broccoli to soften and allow it to simmer for 5/7 minutes. I try to cook vegetables for the least time possible – the less cooking time, the more nutrients you save.
- Sprinkle the chicken with paprika and a little chilli powder for a kick and add in strips of ham to fry lightly. I used the ham above but any parma ham is just as tasty and always a great addition to salads too.
- I also threw in some spinach for an extra nutritional boost. Spinach is a great addition to any dish as its full of protein and iron but very low in calories.
- By now, your quinoa should be cooked throughly. Place it in a sieve to drain excess water. Shake it well to remove most of the moisture until it becomes fluffy.
- Mix your quinoa and chicken mix together and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top to serve. Sesame seeds are pretty much tasteless but have some great health benefits so don’ overlook them! They contain magnesium which helps lower blood pressure and zinc which helps produce collagen for plump skin.
And there you have it! Its really simple and really nutritious. Again, I am not the most adventurous of cooks but I think people say clear of quinoa because they might not be familiar with cooking it or it can turn out tasteless when they do.
Quinoa is a complete protein so its a excellent alternative to having stodgy white rice, switching between the two can make a HUGE difference. You can mix it with anything, as I have done or use it as a side dish either. Enjoy!